Larry Walter Brisker, 77, of Coalton, Ohio, went home peacefully with his Lord on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, at his residence. He was born in Oak Hill, Ohio, on Jan. 26, 1943, to the late Elmer Harold Brisker and Ida Belle Waulke Brisker. He was a 1961 graduate of Coalton High School and a member of the Wellston Freewill Baptist Church. He was employed as a county trustee for Coal Township. Larry always kidded that he was a jack of all trades and a master of none. But he accomplished quite a lot in his lifetime for which he will be remembered.
He was active for years as a Coalton baseball umpire, a coach for the Puckett Brothers girls softball teams in McArthur, and a coach for the Christian softball leagues in the area. He was well known for his love of racing cars, having built many, racing them in southeastern Ohio, and having won many trophies. In 2020, he was inducted into the Atomic Hall of Fame. He worked as a welder, an auto mechanic, and a big rig truck driver.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Donna Mae Brisker, in 1942, and a niece, Amy Arthur. He leaves behind his wife, Donna McVey Brisker, whom he married on April 14, 2007; a son and daughter-in-law, Barry and Vanessa Brisker, of McArthur; a daughter and son-in-law, Lanissa M. and Danny Newman, of McArthur; a step-daughter, Angela Rose, of West Virginia; and eight grandchildren: Ashleigh Wilbur, Bryant, Byron, and Caryssa Brisker, and William, Edward, Sierra, and River Rose. Also surviving are two sisters, Ivy L. Roche of Oak Hill, Ohio, and Jane Hanson of Jackson, Ohio; several nieces and nephews, his racing family, and his loving dogs: Bella, Pedro, Pippa, and Sprinkles.
The family invites friends to a final farewell at the Jenkins Funeral Chapel in Wellston on Tuesday, Jan. 5 from 3 p.m. until the time of funeral services at 7 p.m. Pastor Don Kincaid will officiate the services, and cremation will follow. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Wellston Freewill Baptist Church. A facemask is required at the Jenkins Chapel along with the practice of social distancing due to COVID guidelines.
Online condolences may be made at www.samjenkinsfuneralchapel.com