Larry M. Olpp, 73, of Bethlehem, passed away on Oct. 9, 2012 at 10:35 am at Lehigh Valley Muhlenberg Hospital. He was the husband of Jane M. (Schrope) Olpp for 37 years.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Merritt John and Emma (Leiby) Olpp. He was confirmed in Rosemont evangelical Lutheran Church, Bethlehem in 1954 and graduated from Liberty High School in 1959.
He worked at Bethlehem Steel in the electrical maintenance department for 33 years, retiring in 1995. In his beginning years he was a crane hook inspector. In 1970, he was certified as a Motor Inspector Class A. He was an electrician’s apprentice from 1959-1962 with a local contractor before he was drafted.
Larry served his country honorably with the U.S. Army during the Korean War 1962-1964. He was with the 716th military police battalion; stationed out of Ft. Dix, NJ. During this time, he was also in Mississippi to re-establish order during riots. In July 1963 he became an official Army Projectionist.
Larry and Jane exchanged their wedding vows at Calvary Temple Church, Whitehall on December 27, 1975.
He was a past member of Life Church, Allentown.
He was an active member of the American Legion VFW #945, active supporter of PA Fraternal Order of Police, NRA, Disabled Veterans Assoc., United Steel Workers Local Union 2599, and donated to many causes related to cancer research, etc.
Surviving: wife; son, Matthew and wife Christina of Allentown, sister-in-law, Barbara Kuhns and her husband Frederick of Schnecksville, nephew Mickey Kuhns and wife Anna of White Haven, niece, Julie Ann Dotterer and husband Gary of Kutztown, cousin Mae Bittner of Bittners Corner of New Smithville; loving canine companion, Elvis.
Services: 3:00 pm Sun., Oct. 14 at Cantelmi Funeral Home, 1311 Broadway, Fountain Hill, where family and friends are invited to call from 1 – 3:00 pm. Graveside service will be held at 1:00 pm on Mon, Oct. 15 at Bethlehem Memorial Park, 1851 Linden St., Bethlehem. Online condolences at www.cantelmifuneralhome.com
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