Sgt. John C. LaRose

Sgt. John C. LaRose, 50, of 530 S. Market St., Muncy, died Monday, July 1, 2013, as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident near Emporium.

Born Jan. 23, 1963, in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of Anthony N. LaRose Jr. and Amelia P. (Pastorella) LaRose, who survive. On July 22, 2000, he married the former Carla J. Simpler, who also survives.

A 1980 graduate of Muncy High School, he received a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Penn State University in 1984. John worked for R.C.A. in New Jersey in their aeronautical engineering department before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force, where he achieved the rank of Second Lieutenant. Following his discharge, he worked as a charter pilot and flight instructor at the Williamsport-Lycoming County Airport. For the past 23 years John was employed by the Pennsylvania State Police, where he flew fixed-wing aircraft in the aviation division. During his career, he was assigned to barracks in Blakeslee (Fern Ridge), Hazleton and Montoursville, and was presently serving as station commander in Emporium. He was also a member of the Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police.

John was actively involved in youth sports activities in Muncy, where he previously served as past president of the board for the youth football program, resigning to accept his current position as Commissioner. He also volunteered time to the elementary youth wrestling program and previously coached little league.

Surviving in addition to his wife and parents, all of Muncy, are three sons, Benjamin E. Otterbein of Bloomsburg, and Joseph L and Dominic V. LaRose, both at home; one daughter, Angelina N. LaRose, at home; two brothers, Anthony N. (Marcia) LaRose III of Westminster, Md. and Joseph M. (Renee) LaRose of Muncy; one sister, Lucy (Thomas) Paternostro of Muncy; six nieces and six nephews.

Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday at Grenoble’s, 121 S. Main St., Muncy, and again from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Church of the Resurrection, 75 Musser Lane, Muncy, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Glenn McCreary.

Interment with Pennsylvania State Police honors will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Montoursville.

The family will provide the flowers and suggests memorial contributions be made to either Susquehanna Valley Law Enforcement Camp Cadet, 50 Lawton Lane, Milton, PA 17847, (online at or Williamsport Soap Box Derby, P.O. Box 1837, Williamsport, PA 17703.

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