AMBOY — Thomas E. Latta, 66, of Amboy, died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 at his home.
He was born Aug. 29, 1954 in Sterling the son of Donald and Fredleen (Ferguson) Latta.
Tom was a graduate of the Amboy High School class of 1973. He worked at Allied Locke Ind. for 35 years and was Supervisor of the Sprocket Department.
He loved to go camping and fishing in Wisconsin every summer. He was very involved with the children in our community. He helped run the Amboy Summer Baseball Program for 15 years. He coached baseball and umpired games. He helped with the Amboy Kids Wrestling Program, coached kids soccer and also coached the Amboy High School Girls Fresh-soph Basketball team with Ron Bender for two years. He loved spending time with family and friends, always making you laugh.
Tom married his high school sweetheart, Rose Ann Slater, on July 20, 1974 at St. Flannen Catholic Church in Harmon and they were blessed with three sons.
He is survived by his wife, Rose Ann; sons, Jeff (Annalise) Latta, of Everett, Wash., Tim (Elizabeth) Latta, of Amboy, Mark (Lisa) Latta, of Mill Creek, Wash.; seven grandchildren, Jordyn, Ashlie, Kamdyn, Adisyn, Isaac, Lauren and Owen; one nephew, Jason Latta, one niece, Lisa (Tom) Moravec; his aunt Carolyn Ledford, of Sterling; sisters in law, Marnie Slater, and Christine (Ron) Heide, both of Sterling, Colleen Slater and Lisa (Kim) Buckingham, both of Rock Falls; and many other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents and only brother, Wayne Latta in 1981; two great nephews, Justin and James Larson; his mother in law and father in law, Russell and Josephine Slater; three brothers in law Rick, Mike and Eddie Slater; one sister in law Karla Cathey; along with several aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family would like to thank Dr Kurt Crowe, his nurse Carol and the staff in their Amboy office along with Hospice of the Rock River Valley and their staff for all of their help guiding us through this journey.
Due to Covid a private family service will be held Friday morning at the Mihm-Jones Funeral Home in Amboy with Rev. Richard Kramer officiating. Cremation rites will follow with burial of cremains at a later date at Coloma Twp. Cemetery in Rock Falls.
A memorial has been established.
Condolences can be sent online at www.thejonesfh.com.