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Stephen P. Preston Sr.(1951-2013)

FRANKLINVILLE - Stephen P. Preston Sr. of Route 16 died Friday (Jan. 18, 2013) at Olean General Hospital following an apparent heart attack while driving.
Born Aug. 23, 1951, in Olean, he was a son of Leo and Isabelle Jones Preston.
Steve attended Ten Broeck Academy in Franklinville and had worked at the Ontario Knife Co. and Gramco Feed Co., both of Franklinville, before he became a postal clerk in Franklinville, from which he retired from in 2009 after 30 years of service. He also worked part time for Babbitt & Easton Funeral Home.
He was an exempt Franklinville firefighter and a member of the Cuba VFW horseshoe league. He loved NASCAR and local dirt-track racing, horseshoes, camping, hunting, fishing and four-wheeling.
Surviving is his fiancee, Lisa Peterson of Franklinville; a son, Stephen (Katie) Preston Jr. of Farmersville; four daughters, "Cat" (Karyn) Preston of Rock Hill, S.C., Vanessa (Chuck) Hitchcock of Knapp Creek, Stacey (Chris Russell) Root of Horseheads and Michelle Preston of Arcade; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four stepchildren; seven step-grandchildren, including Hannah Peters, whom he raised; and a brother, Tim Preston of Buffalo.
He was predeceased by his parents; a son, Mark Preston, in 1972; and a sister, Shirley Searle.
Friends may gather with the family from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Babbitt & Easton Funeral Home, 7 N. Main St., Franklinville, where his funeral service will be held at noon Tuesday (Jan. 22, 2013). The Rev. Pete Spear, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Franklinville, will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Prospect Cemetery in Franklinville.
Memorials may be made to the Franklinville Fire Department Ambulance Fund., P.O. Box 74, Franklinville, NY 14737. Online condolences can be sent to www.babbitteastonfh.com.

Published in The Olean Times Herald on Jan. 20, 2013
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