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Lawrence Eugene Ginger

Lawrence Eugene Ginger, 73, of Taylorville, IL died at 4:45 am Saturday, August 24, 2013 at his residence.

He was born January 21, 1940 in Taylorville, IL the son of Thomas C. and Josephine Agnes Simaly Ginger. On March 18, 1961 he married Victoria Marie Busonic in Mattoon, IL. Larry attended Eastern Illinois University and Lincolnland Community College. He was employed by Fiat Allis in Springfield for 28 years as a Product Engineer. After that he went to work for Fiat-Geotech in Leece, Italy for 3 years. After retiring from there he completed his working career working for 12 years at Bunn-O-Matic in Springfield in Research and Development as Manager of Drafting, retiring in 2002. He was a huge fan St. Louis Cardinals and University of Illinois sports. He was a member of the Illinois Amateur Fast-Pitch Softball Hall of Fame being inducted in 2002. Larry was instrumental in originating and developing the Sassatelli Blues Youth Fastpitch Softball Program in the 80’s. Larry was most proud of his sons, Bob and Mike who were both major contributors to the USA Fastpitch Softball Teams competing in Fargo, ND, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and Cuba.

Surviving are his wife, Victoria Marie Ginger of Taylorville, Sons: Robert A. Ginger and wife Rose Ann of Danvers, IL, and Michael J. Ginger and wife Kelly of Clinton, IL; Grandchildren: Scott R. Ginger and wife Kristie of Holly Ridge, NC, Tyler J. Ginger of Colorado Springs, CO, Corey J. Ginger and Haley R. Ginger both of Clinton, IL, and his aunt: Mary L. (Simaly) Hafliger of Taylorville. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother John Ginger.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 am Tuesday, August 27 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Alan Hunter officiating. There will be no visitation.

Condolences may be sent online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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