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Retired Lt. Cmdr. Robert Charles Larrabee, 61, of Lusby died suddenly Jan. 12, 2013, at Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis.

Born March 13, 1951, he was the son of the late Robert N. Larrabee and Frances (Train) Larrabee.

Known as “Buzzy” by family, he is survived by his sons, Robert C. Larrabee Jr. of Lusby and James D. Larrabee of Oceanside, Calif., and by Sarah and Jon VanDeventer and Meghan Duncan Toffey, all of Lusby; his sisters, Gail Ingle (Ron) of Durham, N.C., Nancy Barry (Dave) of Lexington Park and Joyce Raum (Wendell) of Leonardtown; one niece; eight nephews; and thousands of friends.

He graduated from Chopticon High School in 1969 and soon after enlisted in the Navy. In 1973, he was accepted into the Naval Enlisted Scientific Education Program. Through NESEP he graduated from the University of Texas in Austin in 1977 and received his commission as an officer. He served as a naval flight officer in A-3 Skywarrior (whale) aircraft. He graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. Other Navy assignments took him to Lakehurst, N.J.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Pensacola, Fla.; Guam; and Norfolk, Va. He retired proudly after serving 21 years.

After his Navy retirement, he supported various weapons systems and their host platforms for U.S. Department of Defense contractors. His expertise included engineering and training other engineers in various technical disciplines and software process improvement.

He was a caring son, brother, husband, uncle and father. He loved good food and was a self-taught chef, preparing meals that tasted as good as they looked. He was the “fun uncle” for his niece and eight nephews, teaching them all sorts of things their parents preferred they not learn. He enjoyed the outdoors, spending hours kayaking and hiking. A huge Bob Dylan fan, he owned every song Dylan recorded, as well as a huge collection of books and memorabilia.

He proudly administered the oath of enlistment into the Navy for both of his sons.

The family will receive friends today, Jan. 18, from 5 to 8 p.m., with services to be held at 7:30 p.m., at Brinsfield Funeral Home in Leonardtown. A funeral service will be conducted by the Rev. Sheldon Reese on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 10 a.m. at the Hollywood United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Joy Chapel Cemetery. All are invited to a reception at the Loffler Senior Activity Center at Chancellor’s Run Regional Park following interment.

Pallbearers will be Robert Barry, Jesse Barry, David Raum, Leland Raum, Scott Barry and Abraham “Abo” Raum. Also participating in the funeral service will be the Rev. Ronnie Ingle Jr., Roy Ingle and Robin Wilmoth.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Southern Maryland Office, P.O. Box 1889, La Plata, MD 20646.