Obituary: Batesville School Board member, Boy Scout leader George Latus

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George Robert Latus
of Sulphur Rock, AR
August 11, 1960 – April 4, 2021

George Robert Latus, 60, of Sulphur Rock, passed away Sunday, April 4, 2021. 

He was born August 11, 1960, in Benton Harbor, Mich., to Robert John Latus and Elizabeth Carol (Roberts) Latus.

George was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He had a great love of the outdoors and enjoyed working in his blueberry orchard.

George graduated in 1979 from Hartford High School in Hartford, Michigan; he worked as a Laundry Manager at WRMC for 16 years. George was involved with the Boy Scouts of America for over 30 years as a Scout Master where he was a Silver Beaver and Wood Badge recipient. He served as the Race Director for the BSA National White River Canoe for 17 years. He was an active member of the Batesville School District Board having served Sulphur Rock and Batesville for 20 years.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Linda (Ashcraft) Latus of the home; his four children, Robert Latus (Sarah) of Russellville, Phillip Latus (Ariel) of Conway, Jill Latus of Changhua City, Taiwan, and Daniel Latus of the home; his mother, Bette Latus of Hartford, Mich.; siblings, Audrey Klug (John) of South Lyon, Mich., DeAnna Kesselring of Newport, Jonathan Latus (Pam) of Forney, Tex., Matthew Latus (Tammi) of Longview, Tex., and Pamela Latus of Kalamazoo, Mich.; four grandchildren, Ashlyn Latus, Zoey Latus, Wyatt Latus, and Logan Latus; numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert ”Bob” Latus and brother-in-law, Larry Kesselring.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am Saturday, April 10, 2021, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Stephen Gadberry officiating. A memorial visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday, April 9, 2021, at Roller-Crouch Funeral Home with a rosary service beginning at 6:30 p.m. At the family’s request, you are required to wear a mask for attendance.

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In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to Knights of Columbus/Sacred Heart Council 6140 Batesville Chapter, P.O. Box 2482, Batesville, AR 72503; Boy Scouts of America Troop 220 Batesville, P.O. Box 91, Sulphur Rock, AR 72579; or Boy Scouts of America Troop 182 Russellville, 2311 W. 8th, Russellville, AR 72801.

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