OLEAN - Lewis F. ""Lew"" Largent Jr., of 1609 Seneca Ave., formerly of 930 Crown St., passed away Wednesday (Sept. 11, 2013) at the Olean General Hospital following an illness.
Born Aug. 19, 1923, in McConnellsburg, Pa., he was a son of Lewis F. and Lattie Jane Fix Largent, Sr. On Oct. 21, 1944, in Frederick, Md., he married his wife of almost 53 years, Dorothy J. Baumgardner, who predeceased him Sept. 28, 1997.
Mr. Largent served in the U.S. Army from Feb. 28, 1943, to Nov. 20, 1945. During his service he fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was known as Sergeant Largent.
Mr. Largent taught for the Olean School System - sixth grade in School 7, seventh and eighth grade, and physics in the high school. He was principal for four years in School 10 and then four years in School 4. Mr. Largent was the principal at East View School in Olean when he retired in 1985.
Mr. Largent was very active and he served in many capacities in his churches, including First Methodist Church, Christ United Methodist Church, and Bolivar Methodist Church, which he was attending at the time of his death. He was a member of the city of Olean planning board for a number of years. Mr. Largent was a 50-year member of the Olean Masonic Lodge F&AM No. 252, Olean VFW
, and the McConnellsburg American Legion Post No. 561.
He enjoyed being outdoors hunting, fishing, skiing and skeet and trap shooting and he loved his fellow man. Most of all, Lewis was a gifted cabinet maker with an extensive woodworking shop. He enjoyed working on his home and other family members' homes as well as many wood working projects for his churches and for the different schools where he worked.
Mr. Largent is survived by a daughter, Pamela A. (David) Lasky of Olean; his life companion, Marlene I. ""Molly"" Chapman, with whom he lived; three granddaughters, Amanda J. Lasky, Rebecca L. Lasky and Emily J. Lasky; two brothers, Clair W. (Kathryn) Largent of York, Pa., and Harold R. (Mary) Largent of Pasadena, Texas; several nieces and nephews; and a sister-in-law, Shirley Largent of Berlin, Pa.
In addition to his loving wife, he was predeceased by a brother, Kenneth Largent on Feb. 6, 2000; and a sister, Beulah Patillo in 1977.
Friends will be received from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 15, 2013) at the Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home Inc., 646 E. State St., Olean, where funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Monday (Sept. 16, 2013). The Rev. Geraldine Repino will officiate. Friends will also be received on Tuesday (Sept. 17, 2013) at the Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home in McConnellsburg, Pa., from 9 to 11 a.m., at which time a military graveside committal service will be accorded by the McConnellsburg American Legion Post No. 561. Burial will be in the Union Cemetery in McConnellsburg, Pa.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202.
Online condolences may be made at www.LetroMcIntoshSpinkFuneralHome.com.