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Robert Charles Larrabee, 61, of Lusby died Jan. 12, 2013, at Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis.
He was born March 13, 1951, to the late Robert N. Larrabee and Frances (Train) Larrabee.
He was affectionately known as “Buzzy” by family. He graduated from Chopticon High School in 1969 and, soon after, enlisted in the U.S. Navy. In 1973, he was accepted into the Naval Enlisted Scientific Education Program (NESEP). Through NESEP, he graduated from the University of Texas in Austin in 1977 and received his commission as a U.S. Naval 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 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 countless 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.
He is survived by his sons, Robert C. Larrabee Jr. of Lusby and James D. Larrabee of Oceanside, Calif.; Sarah and Jon VanDeventer and Meghan Duncan Toffey, all of Lusby; sisters, Gail Ingle and her husband, Ron, of Durham, N.C., Nancy Barry and her husband, Dave, of Lexington Park and Joyce Raum and her husband, Wendell, of Leonardtown; one niece; eight nephews; and many friends.
Family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, with services at 7:30 p.m. at Brinsfield Funeral Home in Leonardtown.
A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Hollywood United Methodist Church in Hollywood, Md., with the Rev. Sheldon Reese officiating.
Interment will follow at Joy Chapel Cemetery. All are invited to a reception at Loffler Senior Activity Center at Chancellor’s Run Regional Park following the 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 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.
Arrangements are being provided by Brinsfield Funeral Home in Leonardtown.