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Robert E. Evans Funeral Home

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OBITUARY

Larry V. Kaylor

6 September, 19463 June, 2020
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Larry Van Kaylor, 73, passed away at his home in Crofton, Maryland on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. His final days were spent surrounded by his loving family.

Larry was born in Hickory, North Carolina on September 6, 1946, the oldest of five children. He traveled the world as part of a military family, and during his youth he cultivated a love of football and westerns.

Larry began his long career in law enforcement in 1965, serving honorably in the U.S. Army’s Military Police Corps for over 25 years. During his time in the Army, he served as an Air Marshall, was deployed to Berlin when the wall came down, and competed for Drill Sergeant of the Army. He continued on his path of public service as Chief of Security at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., where he remained for over 22 years. While at the Gallery, Larry had the honor of providing security services for VIPs such as Lady Dianna, Oprah, and many former heads of state, presidents, vice presidents, and their families.

Larry is survived by his wife, Maria; his daughter, Gwendolyn; his son, Paul; his brother, David; his grandson, Joshua; great grandchildren Kayleigh and Jacob; and by his numerous other relatives and friends. Larry was preceded in death by his mother Veda (Buchanan) Kaylor, father Robert Wiseman, step-father Verchial Kaylor, his sisters Cathy and Charlotte, his brother William, and by his son Eric.

A mass will be celebrated in memory of Larry on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at Sacred Heart Chapel in Bowie, Maryland. He will be laid to rest at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery in Cheltenham, Maryland.

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  • FAMILY

  • Gwen Kaylor, Daughter
  • Maria-Elena Kaylor, Spouse
  • Paul Kaylor, Son
  • Mr. Kaylor is survived by his grandson Joshua and his great-grandchildren Kayleigh and Jacob. He is also survived by his brother David Kaylor and was preceded in death by his sisters Cathy and Charlotte

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Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, 10 June , 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Wednesday, 10 June , 2020

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Larry V. Kaylor

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Jerry Foley

July 21, 2020

At the National Gallery of Art there were just about three occasions which I did have personal contact with Major Kaylor. This included when I was interviewed to work there for the security force. Each time he was very understanding and gave the best direction possible. Naturally it is sad that he will no longer be around and I even wish that we could have seen Major Kaylor longer at the Gallery.

Dale Pope

July 21, 2020

I had the honor to have 1SG Larry Kaylor as my First Sergeant in the 293rd MP CO at Ft Meade. I arrived from Johnston Island to Fort Meade in Jan 1989 and was going through a divorce and other personal issues. 1SG was aware of my issues and on more than one occasion was willing to listen and provide advice. He was not only a great leader and NCO he was a good man. I always enjoyed talking to him after he retired when I would bump into him at the PX. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family for their loss. RIP First Sergeant.

Edward Vreeland

July 20, 2020

Had the honor of serving with 1Sgt Kaylor in 293rd MP Co... deployed to Panama with Top... an absolute gentleman and the epitome of an NCO.. I carried his mentorship and at times, jocular advice throughout my military career and as an officer in the FDNY ... thanks Top Kaylor, tonight I shed a tear and toast to great memories of you ....

Jeff Zankel

July 20, 2020

Was homered to serve with Top Kaylor in 1988 and 1989 while with the 293rd MP Company Ft Meade. First met him in April. 1988 when I arrive I’m Panama fresh out of training. Great mentor and leader during a difficult time
RIP

SSG William Hazeley

July 19, 2020

Always with and for the troops!

SSG William Hazeley

July 19, 2020

I am so saddened to hear about the passing of this great man. He was my platoon Sgt and my First Sgt. During one of our deployments he let me say my piece about the needs of my platoon and spout off. He directed me what to do. Afterwards he call for me. He expresses what I did was great for fighting for my troops but the mission still had to be completed. It was a great feeling to be complimented by him. So sorry for your loss. I feel I’ve lost a big part of me also. A true leader, mentor, and great man! 🇺🇸

Carl Campioli

July 13, 2020

I was privileged to work with Larry during my time at the National Gallery of Art. He was always a consummate professional and a genuine person, willing to assist with difficult problems and taking a personal interest in their resolution. As a senior architect in the Office of Architecture & Engineering I was usually involved in construction related projects that caused disruption to the Gallery operations and required special accommodations. Major Kaylor made extra efforts to work with us, the design and construction contractors and the Gallery staff to minimize disruption and ensure the security of the Gallery. I knew if I had a particularly difficult problem I could contact Larry for help and a resolution would be found. I also had numerous opportunities to attend special meetings and briefings outside the Gallery with Larry and grew to respect his insights and perceptions. I am very pleased to have considered him a friend, as well, and we enjoyed conversations about things outside of work. Together with the departed Cleve Brown, with whom I hope Larry is enjoying a renewed acquaintance, we often shared discussions that resulted in laughter and fun. I have missed Cleve and will miss Larry but have faith they both have achieved just rewards for lives well lived and service to their fellow citizens. Godspeed, Larry, and may your family cherish and remember the wonderful person you were.
Carl Campioli

Linda Schilder

June 29, 2020

Major Kaylor had already been at ‘The’ Gallery for a decade when I started there. Our first meeting was my hiring interview, his responsibility for the SPO’s was his highest priority. During that interview he was determined to ensure the use of the range for maintainIng SPO’s proficiency could be resumed in house promptly. If I could safely accomplish that for AOP he was all for my selection as Safety & Health Manager. Once I started my dream job he was a pleasure to work with, always willing to hear the Safety & Health perspective for security personnel & visitor issues. During my initial days he got quite a kick out of ensuring my rescue from the buildings cavernous sections was well documented.
Larry was also such a family man, we often enjoyed verbally sharing successful recipes for entertaining or everyday family meals.
He will continue to put a smile on my face when I think of him. My deepest sympathies to his wife, daughters and extended family.
Linda Schilder

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