2008 – Meritorious Service
Lawrence H. Simons
Lawrence (Larry) H. Simons began his lifelong career in the bowling community as a pin setter at Elm Road Lanes in Warren, Ohio in 1940. Larry has been an avid bowler for sixty-six (66) years and only took time off to serve our country during World War II in the US Navy (l9.43- 1946) with the Pacific Fleet.
He joined the Warren Bowling Association in 1968 and has chaired all committees, including the Hall of Fame for many years. He is a 1989 inductee of the Warren BA Hall of Fame.
Larry has served as league secretary in two of his leagues – one for twelve years.
Larry was elected to the Ohio State Bowling Association in 1980 serving for ten years as Zone 10 Director and served two terms as President of the Ohio State Bowling Association. He has overseen Ohio State Bowling Association Senior Tournaments, as well as fifteen local Senior Tournaments.
He served as Squad Organizer for the Ohio State Bowling Association Championship Tournaments for twenty years, bringing twenty teams to the tournament each year, all the while participating himself.
Larry helped shape the next generation of bowlers by serving as a Certified Junior Bowling Coach from 1973 until 2004 when he retired.
In his bowling career, Larry has had a 187 average and has bowled a 297 game and a 762 series. He has received many league and tournament awards.
These accomplishments are only- small items compared to the service he has given to the sport. Many services were given to bowling leagues and anybody that passed his way.