GREAT VALLEY – Loile Oliver Chase, 70, of Route 219, passed away Tuesday (Nov. 5, 2013) at his home.
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He was born May 4, 1943, in Ellicottville, the son of the late Oliver W. Chase and Margaret (Smith) Chase, who survives. On Dec. 29, 1962, in St. John's Episcopal Church in Ellicottville, he married the former Susie Chapman, who survives. Mr. Chase worked as a foreman and supervisor at Lamier and Norton in Ellicottville for 45 years, until his retirement. He made the last baseball bat made in Ellicottville before the company closed.
He was a life member of the Great Valley Volunteer Fire Department and was past president, past chief, commissioner and captain of the Rescue Squad of the fire department. He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Ellicottville, St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Salamanca, and St. Mary's Altar Guild and was a vestry member. He was a founder and past president of the Ellicottville Sports Boosters, and was an avid bowler, hunter, camper and gardener.
Besides his wife of 50 years, he is survived by two sons, David (Debra) Chase and Dana (Susan) Chase, both of Great Valley; two daughters, Deborah (Keith) Knier and Mary Gilman, both of Salamanca; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; two brothers, Alonzo (JoAnn) Chase of Bloomville and Richard (Penny) Chase of Kill Buck; a sister, Sheila Bockmier of Allegany; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Mentley Funeral Home, Inc., 411 Rock City St., Little Valley. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 9, 2013) at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Salamanca. Burial will be in Green Cemetery in Great Valley.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Great Valley Volunteer Fire Department or St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Salamanca.
Published in The Olean Times Herald on Nov. 7, 2013