Robert (Bob) E. Latina, 71, of West Chester, Pa., passed away on March 6, 2014, due to complications from pulmonary fibrosis. |
He was born on Dec. 9, 1942, in Williamsburg, Pa., to Anthony and Barbara (Stevelock) Latina. He graduated from Williamsburg High School and St. Francis University, where he was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1967-69. This included times spent oversees in Japan and Korea, where he was a medical laboratory specialist. He received an Army Commendation Medal for his work. After returning to the States, he literally married the girl next door, Carol Lynn (Asztalos), in 1970.
The couple settled in Malvern and then West Chester, Pa. He worked for nearly 34 years at Wyeth Laboratories, in both toxicology/research and later manufacturing/production, where he made lifelong friends. He retired from Wyeth in 1999.
Bob spent his children's school years attending numerous dance recitals, soccer games, and countless swim meets and cheerleading competitions. In their collegiate years and beyond, he also assimilated their love for all-things Miami Hurricane. You could often find him wearing his "Miami Crew" ballcap, with the brim a little too square! He enjoyed fishing and hunting as was a life member of the Lock Mountain Rod and Gun Club, a lifelong passion which he shared with his younger daughter. He had a real knack for plumbing, electrical, carpentry and other useful around-the-house talents. He also enjoyed bicycling and simply being outdoors. And he had a random affinity for collecting interesting walking canes with decorative handles.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents and by his older brother William J. Latina.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 44 years, Carol, and by his children Raena Alexis Latina (Joe Lawson) of Indianapolis, Ind., and Sydney Latina (Jack Hoover) of Noblesville, Ind. "We Did Good, Dad."
Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 12,, from 11 to 11:45 a.m. at Ss. Simon and Jude Catholic Church, 8 Cavanaugh Court, West Chester, PA 19382. A Funeral Mass will be held immediately after at noon. Interment is private.
With Bob's love of outdoors and his own personal style, casual attire of jeans is encouraged.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the
. Friends may share a memory or send a condolence to Loganfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements by Logan Funeral Home, Exton, Pa.
Published in Daily Local News on Mar. 9, 2014