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Larry Pitchford

April 16, 1940 — October 15, 2022

Bedford, Kentucky

Larry Francis Pitchford, 82, of LaGrange, Kentucky, passed away on Saturday, October 15, 2022.  He was born on April 16, 1940, to the late Durward Francis and Mildred Virginia (Evans) Pitchford in Woodburn, Kentucky.

Larry was preceded in death by his brother, David Pitchford.

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 wonderful years, JoAnne Pitchford; his son, John Pitchford (Amy); his brother, James Pitchford; his grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Jeremy Pitchford; along with many friends and extended family members.

Larry was a Christian and a member of Crestwood Methodist Church.  He was an extremely hard worker, being taught to work from a young age on his family’s farm with his uncles and grandpa.  The hard work instilled in Larry carried over to his career with Reynolds, where he worked for 39 years.  During his tenure as a Lead Chemist, he expertly developed powdered aluminum that was used as fuel for booster rockets, this compound’s groundbreaking voyage was on the NASA spaceship Columbia and is still used today.  Larry was a sports fan and enjoyed watching the Yankees, Celtics, Packers, Bengals and UK.  He grew up watching trains and always enjoyed them and creating model trains.  Larry and JoAnne “Mayberry” were married on June 12, 1965, and enjoyed a wonderful life of memories together.  He loved nature and taking walks with his dogs, but mostly, he loved the Lord and his family.

A graveside service will be held at 2PM on Wednesday, October 26, 2022, at Louisville Memorial Gardens Cemetery East, 11601 Ballardsville Road.  Friends may call on the family from 11AM until 2PM at Louisville Memorial Gardens Funeral Homes East.

Instead of flowers, the family is requesting monetary donation be made in Larry’s memory to Bedford Springs Health and Rehabilitation, 50 Shepherd Lane Bedford, Kentucky 40006.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Larry Pitchford, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services


Wednesday, October 26, 2022

11:00am - 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Louisville Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home East

11601 Ballardsville Rd, Louisville, KY 40241

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Graveside Service

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Starts at 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Louisville Memorial Gardens Cemetery East, Ballardsville Road


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