Larry K. Honsberger

Larry K. Honsberger, 73, a loving, caring and fun man passed away on September 16, 2021, at the University of Pittsburg Medical Center after a brain bleed, due to a stroke.  He had just seen a man about a horse, literally.    He was born in Toledo, Ohio on February 24, 1948, to Clyde and Thelma May (Scheider) Honsberger and graduated from Rossford High School in 1966.  Larry graduated in 1970 from The Ohio State University with a degree in Animal Science.
Larry spent the next 60 years of his life involved with animals particularly Percheron draft horses.  He raised and showed his horses across the United States and Canada.  Larry was instrumental in starting the NASHHCS Classic Series and has, in recent years, produced a Classic Series show at the Crawford County Fair in Meadville, PA, he has served on the board of directors for 12 years. His contributions to the Percheron Horse Association of America was recognized by his recent induction into their Hall of Fame.  Larry was recently featured on a podcast with him reminiscing about his life growing up with horses and his family.  It currently is available on NASHHCS Classic Series Re-dive – Episode 6.  Needless to say, it is very entertaining and truly Larry!
Larry was a Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army, Quartermaster Corps, USAR, retiring in 1998 and was a rural mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 37 years, retiring in 2015.  He served on the board of directors of the Elmore Retirement Village and sold Pennwoods Horse Mineral supplement.  He was a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Elmore where he was a member of the Evangelism Committee.  Larry loved Golfing with the Guys at Sugar Creek and has spent his retirement traveling as a show judge, ring-man, and selling his minerals. 
Larry is survived by his loving wife Debra L. Schack (Karl) Honsberger, whom he married in Elmore on May 7, 2011, children, Tracey (Anthony) Papakonstantinou, Jason (Mandi Ball) Honsberger, Ross (Nicole) Honsberger, Carrie (Jon) Hartman, stepsons, Rustun, Andrew (Jeanne) and Todd Schack, ten grandchildren, brothers, Peter (Cherry) Stroup, Dennis (Brenda) Honsberger and his dear friend and brother-in-law, Donald Cable, along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, grandson, Garrett Schimming and sister, Sharon Merritt. The family wishes to express their thanks and appreciation to James Emmons for being with Larry until the family arrived in Pittsburg.
Visitation for Larry will be held from 4:00-8:00 PM, Thursday and from 2:00-8:00 PM on Friday at the Robinson-Walker Funeral Home & Crematory, 501 West St. Genoa, Ohio.  Please note that masks are optional.  The funeral service will be conducted at 10:00 AM, Saturday, September 25, 2021, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 412 Fremont Street, Elmore, Ohio.  There will be additional seating in the fellowship hall directly behind the church and the service will be viewable through ZOOM at meeting 856 5015 9067, passcode 171828.  Please make sure that you have your computer muted as it will disrupt the service.  Larry will be taken to the Harris-Elmore-Union Cemetery by the funeral home’s horse drawn hearse traveling through downtown Elmore.
The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church or the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516.  Online condolences may be shared with the family at


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