Lawrence Alvin Waller passed away peacefully at the age of 88 on Dec. 11, 2013. Lawrence was born Aug. 23, 1925, in Gotebo, Okla.

Waller honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Aboard the USS Harry Lee, he drove troop landing vehicles ashore during some of the fiercest battles in the Pacific Theater. After the war, he returned to Oklahoma to start a career and raise a family.

During the days of early television, Lawrence traveled as a wholesale distributor throughout Oklahoma. He provided all the needed components to TV repairmen in communities large and small to ensure generations of that day could enjoy shows, including everything from "I Love Lucy" to "Laugh-In." In his final years, Lawrence resided at the Ardmore Veterans Home, where he had many friends, as he did throughout his entire life.

Lawrence was preceded in death by his mother and father, as well as four brothers and an infant son.

He is survived by a daughter, Sherry Wilson and husband, Bobby, of Pensacola, Fla.; and a son, David Waller and wife, Martha, of Ridgecrest, Calif. Survivors also include four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Private family services are planned.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to honor Waller and all our WWII veterans should contact the Ardmore Veterans Center.