Larry Wisler, 82, died peacefully Sunday morning, Jan. 12, after a long and courageous battle with chronic kidney disease, lung cancer and heart issues.

Mr. Wisler was born in Salem, Ohio, Oct. 2, 1937, the second of three boys. His early years were spent at the family home near town, but eventually the family moved to a beautiful farm on Calla Road. It was at the farm that his famous work ethic developed. He graduated from Salem High School in 1955 and enlisted in the Army. He was stationed in Germany for three years, serving as a member of the Army Military Police. Upon his honorable discharge, he moved to the Washington, D.C., area and began to work for American Airlines.

He worked for American for more than ten years, mostly as a supervisor in the reservations department. He met Penny Morse at work, and they married in 1965 (divorced in 1977). Mr. Wisler loved flying and travel, and used his airline employee perks to visit Japan, Hawaii, Europe and other destinations. The couple had two sons, Wade (born in 1967) and Adam (born in 1969). (Wade Wisler is publisher of Oregon Catholic Press, publisher of this newspaper.)

In 1972 the family moved to Mrs. Wisler’s hometown of Flint, Michigan, to open a paint store. Mr. Wisler owned and ran Trio Paint on South Saginaw Street in Burton for 42 years, developing many strong friendships in the local home improvement services community. Every morning, before opening the store at 9 a.m., he walked the few blocks down the street to Win’s Electric Supply for a cup of coffee and conversation with the guys.

Mr. Wisler loved sports, both in person and on TV, especially NASCAR, football and hockey. For many years he attended the June NASCAR race at Michigan International Speedway. He regularly enjoyed football games at the local high school, Bendle, and was a season ticket holder for the Flint Generals hockey team. He loved his Ohio State Buckeyes, much to the chagrin of his sons and the other Michigan fans in his circle. That was a constant source of good-natured ribbing for both sides.

In 2013, Mr. Wisler was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease and began dialysis treatment. In 2014, he retired, sold Trio Paint and his house, and moved to Portland, to be near Wade Wisler and his family.

The senior Mr. Wisler moved into a beautiful retirement community, Willamette View, where he made many friends. He enjoyed his last five years in Oregon; his favorite outings included visits to Mount St. Helens and long drives around the grass-seed farms in the Salem, Oregon, area. He was diagnosed with lung cancer in October 2019. He was driving and independent up to the end.

Mr. Wisler was preceded in death by his younger brother, Fred, and his parents, Lester and Luelsa Wisler. Survivors include his older brother, Lee (Janet) of Beloit, Ohio; his sons, Adam of Asbury Park, New Jersey, and Wade (Lynnetta) of Portland; and one granddaughter, Madeleine.

Mr. Wisler will be buried at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland with military honors. A memorial service will be planned for a future date.