Larry Allen Roberts, of Cheat Lake, the former CEO and an owner of Penn Line Service, passed away on Sunday, May 27, 2018, following a lengthy illness.
Larry was born on October 7, 1940, in Parkersburg. He was the biological son of Denver and Helen Roberts. Larry was raised by his grandparents, Eva and Everett Hinzman, who Larry considered his true parents. He held them in deep regard for raising him as their loving son.
Larry spent the early years of his life in Pettyville. He graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1959. He then served six years with the National Guard and worked for Monongahela Power from 1961 to 1968.
In 1968, Larry accepted a position with Penn Line Service of Scottsdale, Pa. This company became the center of his working life. He became a Division Manager with the company and later became President of Forest Construction (a subsidiary of Penn Line). He went on to serve on the Board of Directors of Penn Line, Forest Construction and Tri County Electric. He retired as an owner, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Penn Line Service in 2002. Larry also served on the Board of Directors of Wirt County and Wesbanco Banks. In addition, he served as Vice President of Wirt County Bank. He later served on the Board of Directors of the American Bituminous Contractors Association.
Larry is survived by his wife, Jennie Digon, of Cheat Lake, whom he married in August of 1999; his four daughters, Melissa Roberts, of Parkersburg, Deidra Roberts, of Richmond, Va., Brette Digon, of Louisville, Ky. and Shannon Galeazzo, of Painesville, Ohio; four grandsons, Braden Roberts, of Parkersburg and Oliver, Evan and Gavin Galeazzo, of Painesville, Ohio. He is also survived by his former wife, Janice (Jenny) Roberts, of Mineral Wells.
He will long be remembered as a man who was always willing to assist others. He was capable of repairing just about anything and was often called upon by neighbors and friends to help with projects that went awry. He was extremely proud of his strong work ethic and sacrificed much to achieve success in his life.
A celebration of life will be held at the convince of the family.
Caring services are provided by Dering-Henson Funeral Home.