Published in Edwardsville
Intelligencer from August 17 to August 18, 2010
Larry G. Novak, age
78, Michigan City, Ind., passed away peacefully on Aug. 16, 2010, at 9:05
a.m., in St. Anthony Memorial, in Michigan City, surrounded by his family.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m., on Saturday, Aug. 21, at
Queen of All Saint's Catholic Church, 606 So. Woodland Ave., Michigan
City with Rev. Kevin Huber, officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood
Cemetery, Michigan City.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. till 8 p.m., on Friday, Aug. 20, and on
Saturday, Aug. 21, from 9:30 a.m. till 10:30 a.m., at the Ott/Haverstock
Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington St., Michigan City. The VFW Post 2536 and
American Legion Skwiat Post 451 will conduct a Memorial service at 7 p.m.,
on Friday evening in the Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, and full military
services Saturday in Greenwood Cemetery.
Larry was born October 18, 1931 in Pocahontas, Illinois, to John Henry
and Caroline S. (Miller) Novak.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marilyn J. "Jo" Novak,
three sons, Larry S. "Steve" (Linda) Novak, John "Otis"
(Pam) Novak and Randall J. (Debbie) Novak; two daughters, Cynthia A. (Brian)
Steif, and Stacy J. (Kip) Bancroft.
He was a loving grandpa to seven grandsons, James, Ryan, John Henry, Scott,
Anthony, Nick, and Nigel and three granddaughters, Brittany, Brianne,
Katie and two great-granddaughters, Addison, and Icyss.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Ruth Ann Matthews
On June 9, 1954 he married Marilyn J. Brown in Troy, Illinois.
Mr. Novak played professional baseball for 12 years signing with the Philadelphia
Phillies and spending eight years in the International League with Syracuse,
Miami, Montreal, and Havana, Cuba where he helped the Havana Sugar Kings
win the 1959 Little World Series before Castro forced the team to leave.
He also played in Japan, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Mexico.
He and his wife shared many great memories of baseball and travel to different
cities around the world. His baseball career was interrupted with a tour
of duty in Korea from 1952 to 1954 where he earned a combat infantryman
badge as well as other ribbons.
He is a life member of the VFW Post 2536, Moose Lodge 980 Family Center,
Knights of Columbus 3rd Degree, QAS Council as well as the Professional
Baseball Players Association of America.
Mr. Novak retired from Sears Roebuck Company after 30 years of service
in 1992. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved to work in the
Grandpa Larry will be remembered as someone who loved his family very
much and would do anything for them. He was the type of friend everyone
would want to have.
Contributions may be made to the Share Foundation for the Handicapped,
P.O. Box 400, Rolling Prairie, IN 46371 or to the Service League of Michigan
City, 301 E. Garfield St., Michigan City, IN 46360.
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