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Richard D. Layfield

December 2, 1939 ~ January 14, 2021 (age 81)


Olean- Richard D. Layfield of 1978 Layfield Drive, Olean, passed away January 14, 2021 at his home, surrounded by his family.

Born December 2, 1939 in Bradford, PA., he was the son of William and Doris Haskins Layfield.

On October 17, 1959 at Sacred Heart Church in Portville, he married his wife of 61 years, Ethel Button, who survives.

Richard was a 1959 graduate of Portville Central School.  He enlisted in the United States Army in 1959, after his high school graduation serving until 1962.  Throughout his working career, he was employed at McGraw- Edison, St. Bonaventure University, and retired from St. Elizabeth Motherhouse in 2001.

Dick enjoyed hunting and carpentry.  In his lifetime he built two homes and a camp.  His latest project was a covered bridge he built for his granddaughter’s upcoming wedding.  He was an avid Buffalo Bills and Sabres Fan. In his later years, he enjoyed Bingo, especially at Ischua Bingo.  He will be remembered for his thoughtfulness and willingness to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.  His favorite pastime was spending time with his family.

Surviving are two sons; William (Chris Cole) Layfield of Hudson, FL., and Michael (Marilyn White) Layfield of Melbourne, FL; grandchildren; Caylie Layfield and Kelsey (Brandon O’Keefe) Layfield; one great-granddaughter, Alayna; a beloved sister, Betty Williams; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; one brother, Charles F. Roberts; and one sister, Anna Paruolo.

A celebration of his life will be scheduled at a later date and at the convenience of the family.

Memorials in Richard’s name may be made to HomeCare and Hospice, 1225 W. State Street, Olean.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Guenther Funeral Home, Inc., 1303 E. State Street, Olean. If you would like to express a condolence, please visit,

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