Stephen Lata

Stephen R. Lata


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Stephen R. Lata

Olean, NY     Stephen R. Lata, 76, of Olean, passed away Tuesday (October 1, 2019).

Born August 1, 1943 in Buffalo he was the son of Stephen and Gertrude Lata.  On September 3, 1971 in San Antonio, TX he married Carol A. Abdo who survives.

Stephen served with 2 branches of the Armed Forces for 8 years during the Vietnam War.  He first served with the US Army for 4 years and immediately after he served with the US Air Force, where he was a small arms instructor.  He retired from active duty as a Sergeant.

He was a hard-working man and was dedicated to those he worked for.  He was employed as a district manager for Burger King in Olean, Jamestown and Fredonia for over 15 years.  Later he was a manager of sales for Flanigan's Furniture Store in Olean and then for Carpet Town Furniture Store in Olean.  He retired from Ashley Furniture Co. in 2012.

He will be remembered as a Buffalo Bills fan, a hard worker and provider, and a beloved husband, father and grandfather.

Surviving besides his wife are 4 children Debbie (Kevin) Myers of Jamestown, Diane Guay of Olean, Willie (Terry) Lata of Jamestown and Mark Lata of Jamestown; 10 grandchildren DJ (Laura), Todd (Kristy), Stephen, Ashley (Zac), Jacob (Lori), David, Andy, Shane, Cody (Bailey) and Kristen; 6 great grandchildren Maddox, Ryker, Avery, Lucas, Weston and Evelyn; 1 sister Sharon (Jerry) Slon of Getzville and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a son-in-law Jack Guay on February 23, 2011 and a brother Greg Lata.

Friends will be received on Friday (October 4, 2019) from 10 to noon at the Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home, 3128 W. State Rd. Olean.  Services will begin at noon in the funeral home.  Mark Lata, son to Stephen, will officiate.  Burial with military honors will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to any veteran organization of the donor's choice.  Online condolences may be made to

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