July 10, 1940 – August 5, 2021.
Lawrence “Larry” Winiarski, 81, of Corvallis, died at his home on August 5, 2021. He was predeceased by his wife, Flora (née Lester) and older brother, Walter “Marion” Winiarski. The surviving immediate family includes her brother, Frank, her sons: Larry Jr., David and Robert; and the children of David: Benjamin, Joshua, and Meredith. Larry cherished and remembered those in his family and that of Flora.
Larry was born July 10, 1940 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, to Walter and Alice Winiarski. Walter was a mining engineer and Alice was a schoolteacher. In 1941, they moved to Leavenworth, Washington. In 1947, they settled in Kellogg, Idaho, where Larry graduated from high school. In 1962, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Idaho. While working at General Dynamics in San Diego, he met Flora Lester, a mechanical engineer from North Carolina. They soon got married. In 1964, Larry, Flora and a child moved to Corvallis where they had two more children. In 1971, Larry received his doctorate. in Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State University, developing a formula to measure flow through a “Pulse Jet”, an engine with no moving parts. Before and after graduating he worked for the EPA. Larry and Flora, both engineers, bought land on the coast outside of Corvallis and Flora designed their house. Sadly, in 1979 Flora passed away. Larry, in prayer, found his calling by dedicating his knowledge, creativity, and technical skills to helping others.