Lawrence Eugene Nader, who was called Larry by friends and family, passed away on Friday, January 29, 2021, at his home surrounded by his loving wife of 53 years and his family. He was 77.
Born on April 29, 1943, in Columbus, Ohio to the late Leona Gertrude (née Neville) and Bernard Louis Joseph Nader, owners of the popular L&L Food Shop in Cincinnati. Larry grew up in Covington and following a distinguished military career returned to marry, raise a family, and live out the remainder of his life. He was preceded in death by his brother Gary.
As a child, Larry attended St. Benedict School and later graduated from Covington Catholic High School in 1961. During his time at Covington Catholic, he was a member of the basketball team, student senate, and student newspaper. After graduation, Larry volunteered to enlist in the United States Army. Following basic training and advanced infantry training, Larry was transferred to Fort McNair to serve in the 3rd US Infantry Regiment known as “The Old Guard.” During this time he was honored to serve in the regiment responsible for conducting funerals of fallen servicemen at Arlington National Cemetery and guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier among other duties. Following a year of service at Arlington Larry was deployed to Vietnam as part of the famous 101st Airborne Division. As part of the 101st, he served as a door gunner before receiving an honorable discharge and several medals.
Throughout his service Larry continued to write to the beautiful nursing student he first saw in the lobby of her dormitory. When Larry returned home he continued to see her and after a short time, he proposed. Larry and Patty (née Murray) were married in May 1967 and had four wonderful children, Michelle, Steve, Matt, and Andy.
Throughout his life, Larry never lost his sense of adventure, desire to better himself and volunteer his time to help others. After his 40th birthday, he decided to try skydiving and was a member of the US Parachute Association. When all his children had left home he enrolled at Northern Kentucky University and attended with his youngest son Andy. He graduated with a major in Art and minor in Photography, a lifelong passion. Larry was a member of the MENSA Society and volunteered his time to the Exodus Ministry. During his volunteer work, he recalled his life experiences to help others to overcome the challenges they were facing.
His memory will be treasured and kept alive by his wife Patty, daughter Michelle (Elli) Nader of Edgewood, sons Steve (Jill) Nader of Park Hills, Matt (Rachele) Nader of Lexington, Andy (Freedom) Nader of Covington, his seven beloved grandchildren, Drew, Jake, Tessa, Ava, Annabelle, Jack and Luke and his siblings Rosie Miller, Terry Nader, Debbie Moran, Rhonda Walz and a host of nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank the nurses of Hospice Care of St. Elizabeth for the gracious care he and his family received. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date for those wishing to honor Larry and share memories of his extraordinary life. Memorial contributions are suggested to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS.