ALLEGANY - James Richard Carls, of 220 E. Main St. passed away Tuesday (Sept. 17, 2013) at The Pines Health and Rehabilitation Center, Olean after a short illness.
Born June 17, 1923, in Allegany, he was the son of Richard F. and Veronica Nenno Carls. On Sept. 18, 1948, at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Wolcott, he married Orma Bloomingdale, who predeceased him March 4, 2011.
Mr. Carls was a graduate of Allegany High School and had served with the U.S. Army during World War II
from 1943 to 1946. He had been employed for the New York Telephone Co. for 34 years when he retired as central office foreman in 1980.
He was a member of St. Bonaventure Church and the Telephone Pioneers. He belonged to the Allegany American Legion Charles Harbel Post 892, the Allegany Knights of Columbus Council 1220 and the Olean Rod and Gun Club. He was a lifelong hunter and fisherman and especially enjoyed raising fox hounds and fox hunting for sport.
Surviving are six children, Pamela Carls of Sunnyvale, Calif., Richard (Mary) Carls and Virginia Carls, both of Allegany, Elizabeth (Lawrence) Crisafulli of Arlington, Texas, John Carls of Florida and Timothy Carls of Colorado; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife he was predeceased by a son Patrick Carls; a daughter Mary Carls; and a sister Geraldine Lepine.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home, 3128 W. State Road, Olean. Funeral services will be held Saturday (Sept. 21, 2013) beginning with a prayer service at 9:30 a.m. in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. in St. Bonaventure Church. The Rev. James Vacco, OFM, pastor, will be the celebrant. Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery with full military honors being provided by the Allegany American Legion Ritual Team.
Memorials may be made to the Allegany American Legion, P.O. Box 233, Allegany, NY 14760; or to the Olean VFW
Post 1619, P.O. 457 Olean, NY 14760. Online condolences may be expressed at oleanfuneralhome.com.