The Obit For Larry Novak

Larry Novak

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 garden.

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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Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel in Michigan City, Ind., is in charge of arrangements.