Lt. Col. Larry “Lawrence Albert” Herzog, 84, of Radcliff, passed away Friday, Nov. 3, 2023.
He was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, on Aug. 8, 1939. Larry dedicated 40 years of his life to the Army, developing early leadership skills as squad leader of the Pershing Rifles in ROTC, serving 14 years in active duty, two terms in Vietnam, 14 years in Army reserves and 26 years civil service.
Larry was a highly educated individual, having attained a bachelor’s degree at the University of Connecticut. He went on to have a successful career, holding various positions such as Tanker Unit commander, professor of the ROTC Military Science program at Yale University and supervisory equipment specialist at Fort Knox. He achieved notable accomplishments throughout his career, including being a ranger of the 100th Division and recognized as a Distinguished Knight of the Order of St. George. Larry also was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel by Governor John Y. Brown and was honored by being entered into the 100th Division Corridor of the Century. Additionally, he was a proud member of the Military Order of the World Wars, the Military Officers Association of America and the Fort Knox Leadership Association.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Anastasia Herzog; and his wife, Nancy Jane Herzog.
Larry is survived by his beloved life partner, Renate Gosser. He also is survived by his three sons, Robert (Melanie), Stephen (Leslie) and Brian (Kelly) Herzog; and his daughter, Gail (Jerry) Brenner.
Larry will be deeply missed by his seven grandchildren, Brittany (Josh) Carrier, Kayla (Daniel) White, Dylan Herzog, Sydney (Chris) Coombs, Andrew Brenner, Amanda Brenner and Lee Brenner. He also is survived by his extended family, including Susan (Darrel) Penning, Cliff (Debbie) Gosser, Caroline Gosser, Kristen (Lynndell) Hornberger, Catie Penning, Johnathan (Wanida) Penning; and his six great-grandchildren, Eli and Isaiah Carrier, Raylan and Nora Jane Coombs, and Levi and Hayden Hornberger.
Larry leaves behind a legacy of dedication and service to his country, his community and his loved ones. He will be remembered for his unwavering commitment to the military and his numerous achievements throughout his career. Larry’s impact will be felt for generations to come and he will be dearly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
The funeral is at noon Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Nelson-Edelen-Bennett Funeral Home in Radcliff with Chaplain Byron Simmons officiating. A committal service, with military honors, follows at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central in Radcliff.
Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and continues from 11 a.m. until time of service Wednesday at the funeral home.
Published by The News-Enterprise from Nov. 7 to Nov. 16, 2023.