Larry Hosty, 74

Avid reader, outdoorsman, musician

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Lawrence (Larry) R. Hosty, 74, died peacefully on Christmas Day, 2020. Born on June 23, 1946, he grew up in River Forest and attended St. Luke Grade School. He graduated from Fenwick High School and St. Norbert's College, then spent six years in the Army Reserves. He had a varied career history, working as a trader on the Chicago Board Options Exchange, a funeral director in Dayton, Ohio, and retired after 25 years with the Cook County Purchasing Department.

A voracious reader, he had vast knowledge of world history, and also enjoyed a good mystery. He loved fishing in the Northwoods of Wisconsin and spending time at his family home in Michigan, visiting with his family, gardening, and walking the beach. He especially looked forward to the coffee klatch every Saturday morning in the Big House. An amateur guitar player, he loved the music of the Dooley Brothers, the Kingston Trio, Sinatra and many other artists.

He enjoyed traveling to celebrate special occasions with his kids. He was very proud of the many accomplishments his kids achieved.

Larry was the husband of Nancy (Madden), his wife of 17 years; the father of Katharine (Katie) and Lawrence (Larry) R. Hosty Jr. He was preceded in death by his former wife, Jane Hoyne Hosty. Larry was the devoted son of Thomas E. and Joan Ryan Hosty; dear brother to Thomas (Sue), P.J. (Kathy), the late Robert (Peggy), Terry (Ellen), John (Lissa) and Della; cherished brother-in-law to all in the Hoyne, O'Brien and Madden families; fond uncle, great-uncle and godfather to many.

A Celebration of Life Mass will be held in Larry's honor, at a later date, when it is safe for everyone to be together. 

In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Lung Association would be appreciated. 

Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home.

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