Leslie E. "Les" Lantaff (1937 - 2014)

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Leslie "Les" A. Lantaff
Evansville, IN
Leslie "Les" E. Lantaff, 76, of Evansville, passed away Friday, March 28, 2014 at Deaconess Hospital. He was born September 4, 1937, to the late Leslie A. and Josephine (King) Lantaff.
He retired in 2003 from the US Department of Agriculture and was a US Army Veteran, having served as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne in Ft. Campbell, KY. He graduated from Reitz High School in 1955. Les was a member of St. John's Catholic Church in Daylight where he was active in the Men's Club. He was a 50 year member of the Scott Township Fire Department. Les also was a member of the Chigger Digger's Camping Club, the NCHA, and was a lifetime member of S.I.A.M. He was a Vanderburgh County 4-H Leader for 38 years and received the Vanderburgh County Rural Urban Award in 2001. He was founding member of the Vanderburgh County 4-H Shooting Sports Club. Known as "The Tomato Man," Les visited local schools for the past 20 years, teaching the children about tomato plants, planting them, and then sending a plant home with each child.
Les is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Gary King and Carl Lantaff; and a sister, Ida Mae Masterson.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Carol A. (Goebel) Lantaff; sons, Chris (Betty) and Greg (Lisa) Lantaff; daughters, Jenny (Jeff) Catt and Amy (Jude) Wolf; grandchildren, Ben (Jessica) Lantaff and their children Zane and Baylee, Nick (Melissa) Lantaff and children Liam Leslie and Wyatt, Zac (Elizabeth) Lantaff and daughter Izabella, Lindsey Lantaff, Miranda Lantaff, Megan (Kyle) McCormick, Brittany (Josh) Souders and son Jacob, David McCormick, Sarah Hudson, Emily Wolf, and Lucas Wolf; step-grandchildren, Jake (Whitney) Catt and their children Ashtin, Kami, and Kara, and Luke Catt; brother, Marion "Mert" (Judy) Lantaff; and nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass will be held 10:00 AM Monday, March 31, 2014 at St. John's Catholic Church Daylight, 5301 Daylight Drive in Evansville, officiated by Fr. Jason Gries, with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may visit Sunday from Noon until 6:00 PM at Alexander North Chapel, 4200 Stringtown Road, and on Monday from 9:00 AM until service time at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made St. John's Catholic Church, 5301 Daylight Drive, Evansville, IN 47725 or to the Vanderburgh County 4-H Council, 13301 Darmstadt Road, Evansville, IN 47725. Condolences may be made online at www.AlexanderNorthChapel.com.

Published in Courier Press on Mar. 29, 2014
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