Tribute to Lawrence Mark Repanshek

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Tribute

Lawrence Mark Repanshek, a beloved husband, father and brother, passed away peacefully at his home in Fredericksburg, Va. on May 12, 2022, after a long illness. He was 73 years old.

Born in Hazleton, Pennsylvania on June 30, 1948, Larry was the eldest of three sons of Lawrence V. and Ilse Repanshek. Shortly after Larry’s birth, the family moved to central New Jersey, where Eric and then Kurt became Larry’s younger siblings.

Growing up in Hillsborough, when the area was still largely rural, the boys had a setting of woods, ponds and fields to explore in all seasons. Larry kicked off a log route for the subdivision they lived in, a route that was then forwarded to Eric and then Kurt.

Despite the bucolic setting, the 1960s were a turbulent time, with the Vietnam War dominating the evening news and drawing large numbers of young Americans into the military. After graduating from Somerville High School, Larry enlisted in the Navy to serve his country. After a boot camp at Naval Station Great Lakes, he was trained as a corpsman and joined Mike Company, 3rd Bn, 7th Marines in Vietnam.

While on patrol, Larry was injured on New Year’s Eve 1969 when a trap triggered by the soldier in front of him exploded beneath Larry. The device broke both arms and one leg with multiple shrapnel wounds to all extremities. After initial treatment in Vietnam, Larry was flown back to the United States and brought to St. Albans Naval Hospital on Long Island, New York, for further treatment and to begin his recovery.

After his active military service ended, Larry returned to central New Jersey where he married Irene Evangeline Suydam on August 8, 1970. The couple had two children, Craig Stephen in 1973 and Katherine Evangeline in 1974.

Larry’s mechanical aptitude led him to a career as a draftsman, surveyor and was instrumental in his role in advancing metal roofing divisions at several companies, over a 35 year career. . He was also very active with several veterans organizations in the Fredericksburg area and kept in touch with other MIKE Company veterans.

Larry’s career took the family to Alabama, Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota before Larry and Irene settled permanently in Fredericksburg, Virginia in 1997. An accident in 2002 resulted in a spinal cord injury that forced him to retire, but that didn’t slow him down.

Although Larry had enlisted in the Navy, he was honored to be assigned to the Marine Corps. He was also proud to be known as “Doc Repanshek”, remained active in the Jack Maas 1379 Marine Corps League Detachment where he served as a chaplain, worked with the families of The Wounded Fund, Inc. to raise funds to aid wounded soldiers, and extended his volunteer work into many other military circles.

Larry enjoyed Civil War history and explored Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, and his love of woodworking resulted in an envious collection of tools.

Being a husband, father and grandfather has always been at the forefront of her life. His devotion to his wife was unparalleled. There was no doubting the pride he had for his children and grandchildren, as you could hear the joy in his voice whenever he spoke of them.

Larry is survived by his wife, Irene; his children Craig (Cynthia) and Kate; brothers Eric (Amy) and Kurt (Marcelle); and grandchildren Kirsten, Taylor and Will (Kate) and Sera (Craig).

A visitation will be held on Sunday, May 22, 2022 at Covenant Funeral Home from 3 to 5 p.m. at 2:00 p.m. at Quantico National Cemetery in Triangle, Va., across from the Marine Corps National Museum.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in Larry’s name to Jack Maas Detachment 1379 Marine Corps League, PO Box 7515, Fredericksburg, VA, 22404-7515.

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