STRATTON -- Albert J. Latta, 86, died Monday (Jan. 23, 2007) at his home in Stratton.
He was born Dec. 26, 1920, at Stanford, to Albert M. and Selma (Harding) Latta. After moving to Stratton, he attended and graduated from Stratton High School.
In 1942, he was inducted into the U.S. Army where he served his country during World War II. Upon receiving his honorable discharge in 1945, he returned to Stratton and in 1947, he opened Latta Repair where he provided quality auto parts and repair to Stratton and the surrounding area.
On Feb. 12, 1950, Bert was united in marriage to Redonda M. Golding at Stratton and to this union, three sons were born, Jerry, Lynn, and Todd.
In later years, he was joined by two of his sons, making Latta Repair a true family business. Together they built the business into a full service automotive care center, providing specialized service for many years.
When he wasn't busy at the shop, he always found time to spend in his garden where he enjoyed growing fruits and vegetables that he shared with family and friends. He kept a meticulous and well-manicured lawn and enjoyed spending time working on various woodworking projects. One of his greatest loves was spending time with his family. Whether it be a major repair job or simply a weekend project, he was always there with his family, working side by side, enjoying every minute. His family always came first.
In 2001, he made the decision to retire, and he and his family closed Latta Repair after serving the community for more than 54 years. He will always be remembered as a quiet, well-mannered man with a keen sense of humor. His legacy as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend will live forever in the hearts of those he touched.
Preceding him in death are his parents; Albert and Selma Latta; sisters, Donna, Dorothy and Betty; and brother, Paul.
Those who survive him include his loving wife of more than 56 years, Redonda Latta of Stratton; sons, Jerry Latta and wife, Diana Lynn of Stratton, Lynn Latta and wife, Sandy, of Stratton and Todd Latta and wife, Janet of St. Paul; sister, Marjorie Miles of McCook; brother, Bill Latta and wife, Arda of Stratton; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends, and neighbors.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. (CST) at Community United Methodist Church in Stratton with Rev. Brian Fong officiating. Interment with military honors will follow services at Rose Hill Cemetery near Stratton.
There will be no viewing or visitation. The casket will remain closed.
Memorials may be given in his name.
Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Stratton. Condolences may be left on-line at www.forch.com.