Steven Joe Latta 1954 ~ 2021
Steven Joe Latta was born July 1, 1954 in Seminole, Oklahoma, son of Joseph Ray and Betty Jean (Sanders) Latta. His family moved to Harper, Kansas where he attended school and graduated from Chaparral High School in 1972.
Steve worked various jobs before he chose his career as a paramedic. He moved to Wichita where he worked for Sedgwick County EMS retiring as a Lieutenant Paramedic after 20 years of service. After moving to Anthony, Steve went to work for Harper County Road and Bridge as a Road Grader. He also worked the last several years as the maintenance man for Forest Park Cemetery, also serving on the cemetery board.
On August 10, 2005, Steve married Maryanne "Catt" Martens in Deadwood, South Dakota. They both had a love for bike rallies, so getting married on a whim at Sturgis was perfect.
Steve appeared to be scary but was truly a softy. He had the biggest heart, not only when it came to his family, but also when it came to his pets. His biggest smiles were always brought to him by his grandchildren.
On June 28, 2021, Steve passed away peacefully. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Steve will be deeply missed by his wife, Catt; children: Alison Schuster and husband, Jerrod, John Roeder, Jessica Mason and husband, Danny, and Katelyn McCartney and husband, Lewis; sister, Melody Kaufman; 10 grandchildren; as well as numerous friends and fellow riders.
Funeral service was held 10:30 a.m. Friday at Prairie Rose Funeral Home in Harper with Brandon Gerber speaking. Music selections played with the slide show included "Wooly Bully," "He Didn't Have to Be," "My Girl," and "Sharp Dressed Man." The slide is available to watch on Steve's obituary page on the funeral home website.
EMS Honors were provided by the Sedgwick County EMS Honor Guard.
Steve took his last ride in his pickup truck to the Harper Cemetery where he will be laid to rest. Honorary casket bearers were Danny Raberding, Jerry Ownbey, and Dean Shaw. Casket bearers were John Roeder, Jerrod Schuster, Danny Mason, Lewis McCartney, Damien Fowler, Louis Lint, Duane Cook, and Jesse Aughtman.
Memorials in memory of Steve may be made to the Kansas Humane Society and sent in care of Prairie Rose Funeral Home, 613 W. 14th St., Harper, KS 67058. Friends may sign the online register at www.prairierosefuneralhomes.com.