Lawrence F. McKotch of 45 E. 10th St., W.E., Jamestown, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at home surrounded by loving family, following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born June 17, 1938, to Frances and Matthew McKotch in Colver, Pa. He married Arvilla Kightlighter on April 25, 1959. He worked as a skilled machinist for 39 years at Marlin Rockwell/SKF before his retirement. He also trained others in machine operation skills in Falconer.
Larry was a loving, generous man, who willingly gave of himself to others. He loved spending time with his 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was a member of the Lakewood Celoron Moose, Chapter 2587. He enjoyed woodworking and making furniture in his workshop at home.
Surviving are his wife, Arvilla of 53 years; sons: Raymond (Sharon) McKotch and Duane McKotch, both of Jamestown; a daughter, Connie Kelly of Kissimmee, Fla.; and a daughter-in-law, Clara McKotch of Warren, Pa. Also surviving are his brothers: Paul (Carol) McKotch of Falconer, James (Virginia) McKotch of Frewsburg, and Martin(Wanda) McKotch of Jamestown; sister-in-law, Jan McKotch; and sisters: Donna (Chuck) Pollaro of Albuquerque, N.M., and Jean (Wayne) Berg, Karen (Jim) Carlson and Sharon (Dave) Gollnick, all of Jamestown. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Lawrence McKotch Jr.; sister, Audrey VonGunden; and brother, Paul McKotch.
His body has been donated to science. No visitation or funeral service will be observed. A private family memorial was held Sunday, Dec. 9, at Kiantone Congregational Church.
Donation and memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to University at Buffalo Foundation, account number 9333-086126 at UB Foundation, Anatomical Gift Program, SUNY at Buffalo, P.O. Box 900, Buffalo, NY 14226- 0900; or Hospice of Lakewood/Jamestown at Hospice Chautauqua Coun-ty, 20 W. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, NY 14750 or online at www.hospicechautco.org