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James Larry Peifer, 68

January 10, 2021

James Larry Peifer, “Larry” of Mount Joy, formerly of East Petersburg and Lancaster, passed away unexpectedly on January 10th, 2021 with his loving family by his side. He was 68.

Larry was born in Lancaster, PA to the late Daniel R. and Miriam H. Peifer. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Bonnie (Bitzer) Peifer; his daughter: Tara Leigh Baker (Joshua); granddaughter: Avery Layne Baker; brothers: Jay L. Peifer (Eleanor Brubaker Peifer) of Manheim, PA and Donald R. Peifer (Edie Mayer) of Bradenton, FL; and a large extended family.

He graduated from Hempfield High School in 1970 and went to work for B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc, Manheim PA, as a heavy equipment operator. He was known to some as “The Legend” for his backhoe abilities and extensive knowledge in the field. After 49 years with the company, he retired in 2019 to enjoy time with his family and friends, and was looking forward to fun adventures in retirement.

Larry and Bonnie shared a wonderful life raising their daughter Tara, and later welcomed their son in law Josh into the family. One of Larry’s greatest joys was becoming a “Grampy” to Avery just a few weeks ago.

Larry loved sports, motorcycles and Labrador Retrievers. He was a fan of the Dallas Cowboys (sorry Josh and any other Eagles fans), NASCAR, and Penn State. He loved spending time with Bonnie and friends at their community pool, and enjoyed weekly trivia with his crew at Beanie’s in Mount Joy. They didn’t always win first place but they had fun trying! One of Larry’s favorite places was Rehoboth Beach, DE. He enjoyed his vacations there and time spent with family and friends at the beach house he and Bonnie owned for many years. When he was younger, Larry was an avid bowler, softball player, and hunter. Larry was a quiet guy who had a great sense of humor and compassion for others. He was a loyal friend and an awesome husband, father, and grandfather. He is gone too soon, and will be forever loved and missed by everyone who knew him.

Due to current Covid-19 limitations, a Celebration of Life is being planned for a later date. Contributions in his memory can be made to Brookline Labrador Retriever Rescue, Inc., P.O. Box 638, Warrington, PA 18976 and / or visit Brooklinelabrescue.org

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March 09, 2021

Hello Bonnie
i just found out today that Larry passed away. I am so sorry to hear the news. Larry was such a nice man and you were great neighbors when we lived on Belair Dr.My prayers are with you and your Family. God Bless all of you.
Fran Beaner

January 22, 2021

I am heart broken and in tears to hear of this life gone too soon. Larry had such a great attitude despite all he had been going through during his stay. Bonnie & family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. 
Kayla, RN

January 18, 2021

Sad to read of Larry’s passing. I remember the Peifer boys from Herr reunions at Buchmiller Parkmany years ago.  Sorry to have lost touch over the years, but would recognize the Peifer face anytime.  May happy memories bring  comfort to all who mourn his passing.    
Terry Marxen

January 18, 2021

We have many memories to hold on to and will always remember our good times with Bonnie and Larry. Thankful he was in our lives. Our deepest sympathy for Bonnie and her family. Curtis & June Charles

January 17, 2021

I pray that you will find peace, grace and comfort in Larry’s love and memory, and in how blessed you were to have him.   Greg Hirtzel
 

January 17, 2021

I am very sorry  for your loss Bonnie and the rest of your family. I worked with Larry for many years running heavy equipment. We had some fun times on different job sites. And yes he will always be The Legend running the equipment. He really taught me a lot. He was taken away to soon.                        Terry Gestewitz 

January 17, 2021

I’m so sorry for your loss Tara and Bonnie. I have fond memories with you all that I will always cherish. He was always so funny and kind to me. Please know I am thinking and praying for you all.
Love,  Jess Burton and family

January 16, 2021

Dear Bonnie and Family, 
Love you so much! So sorry for the passing of Larry, what a great and loving human being. Just not enough men like him in this crazy world.  He will be greatly missed !
 
With sincere condolences, Linda & Mike Grube

January 15, 2021

Dear Bonnie and family,
Keeping all of you in my prayers. So sorry for your loss of Larry.
With sympathy, 
Ray Gerlach and Lisa Barley Gerlach 

January 15, 2021

Bonnie, I was so sorry to read about Larry’s passing.  You and Tara our in our prayers during this difficult time.  All my memories of Larry are around him being such a great guy with patience and such a calm demeanor that most of us envied.
I hope all the wonderful memories sustain you through these passing days.
Sandra and Scott Orndorff

January 14, 2021

Bonnie, Tara, and Family,
Larry was a wonderful man.  He will be missed by his buddy, Ron.  Ron respected Larry and was proud to call him his buddy.  He enjoyed working with Larry, but was glad he was able to retire young.  
 
We are so sorry for your loss and are praying for you.
Ron and Kelly Shenk

January 14, 2021

Bonnie,
I am so sorry for your loss.  Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
Laurie Rogers

January 14, 2021

Bonnie,
I am so very sorry to hear about Larry’s passing.  You’re in my prayers.
Deb (Evans) Stum 

January 14, 2021

Bonnie and Tara,
I’m very sorry for your loss and will keep you in my prayers. I know the happy memories will be an important source of support for you. This tribute is a wonderful tribute to an awesome husband and father! Love, Jon Thornton

January 14, 2021

Bonnie, I  am so very sorry for your loss. We in the community  will miss him too. Please let me know if there is anything  I can do to help you. Keep your memories close  and he will never be very far away. Sending prayers  friend.
Linda mowrer

January 14, 2021

Bonnie and family:
So sorry to hear of Larry’s death.   You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Tom

January 14, 2021

So sorry to learn of your loss. Sending healing thoughts to Bonnie and daughter, Tara.   
Treva and Ron Shaffer. 

January 14, 2021

Say not, in grief, that your Husband, Dad and Grampy has gone, but always remain thankful that he was yours.
Cathy Lefever

January 14, 2021

Very sorry to hear about Larry passing. I met Larry through his brother Don a few years back and enjoyed alot of motorcycles rides with him. We had many laughs on our adventures and he would say quite often (Thats what I’m talking about) I will always have great memorys. Prayers to all his family. Erik Weiss

January 14, 2021

Bonnie sending prayers to you and Tara. Glad that he got a chance to see his granddaughter. I beleave that God gives and receives. Take care and God Bless
Marsha Miller Gallo

January 14, 2021

Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. I am so sorry for your loss. His memories will live on…
Bonnie Kizer

January 13, 2021

Thinking of you Bonnie, and grieving. Larry was a truly wonderful person and it was a privelage to care for him every time. His smile was the most genuine and it always made my days better! He is deeply missed by all of us. 
Amber Dennis

January 13, 2021

Love to Bonnie, Tara and Josh.  Sending comfort and peace your way until we can meet face to face.  He was one of a kind.                      Carol Huber

January 13, 2021

I am lost for words, I just can’t believe it. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and Tara. Larry was a big part of my life for many years and it saddens me that I lost touch with him in the last few years. I will cherish all the memories of softball, auto racing, duck and goose hunting, motorcycle rides, bowling and him and Tara being part of my wedding party. We will miss him more than you know. Love Darryl and Terri Dull

January 13, 2021

I worked with Larry for 20 years at B R.s . He was always the life of the party. I always looked forward to working with him. This has happened way to early for him and his family. Our prayers and thoughts are with Bonnie and Tara,and his whole family. He will be greatly missed.                                Sid and Barb Harnly. 

January 13, 2021

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Larry. Ray enjoyed his Dover races with him many times. May you find comfort with your memories. 
Ray and Angie Merkey

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