Robert F. Olevnik

September 3, 1951March 26, 2016
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Robert F. Olevnik, age 64, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away Saturday, March 26th, 2016.

Bob was born in Montour Falls, NY on September 3, 1951 the son of the late Frank and Dorcellia Mapes Olevnik. He was a graduate of Watkins Glen Central School. He and Sue Thorpe were married on December 31, 1987. His first job was pumping gas for Stan Covert, a man he deeply respected. He also worked for the former Sullivan’s Vending in Montour Falls before joining the Watkins Glen Police Department as a dispatcher and part-time patrolman. He retired from Pepsi Cola/Elmira Bottling after 20 years. In recent years he had found his dream job working Track Security at Watkins Glen International. He was a member of the Watkins Glen Elk’s Lodge # 1546, Montour Falls Mechanics Club, Watkins Glen Fire Dept., and the Watkins Glen Police Benevolent Association.

Bob is survived by his wife, Sue; daughters, Kristina Olevnik and Robin (Ben) Bingham; grandchildren, Alexis and Owen Bingham, all of Watkins Glen; sister, Shirley (Len) Salvatore, Watkins Glen; brother, Harry (Cathy) Arcangeli, Lakemont, NY; sister in law, Eva Arcangeli, Lansing, NY; several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Francis Arcangeli.

Friends and family may call from 5 to 8 pm on Thursday, March 31st at Haughey Wood Funeral Home, 119 Fifth St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am on Friday, April 1st at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Watkins Glen, NY. Memorial donations may be made in Bob’s memory to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, PO Box 427 Montour Falls., NY 14865 or the SPCA of one’s choice.


  • Visitation Thursday, March 31, 2016
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, April 1, 2016

Robert F. Olevnik

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John Derrig

October 9, 2016

I went to High School with Bob. Are desks in various classes were right next to each other. I am proud to be able to say he was a friend. All his life he was good to people and I can not ever remember him having a bad thing to say about anyone. He will be missed.

Steve Turner

October 8, 2016

I knew Bob growing up and he was a nice person. Very sorry to hear about his passing.

Steve Turner
Chandler, Arizona

Ellen L Pangallo

April 1, 2016

I'm so very sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Sue my heart breaks for you. God bless him and your family. Sending prays to you.

Joan Payne

March 31, 2016

Sue and Family,
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. Will keep you all in my thoughts and prays.

Carol Boyer

March 31, 2016

Sue - condolences to you and your family. May you find comfort in the thoughts and prayers being sent your way.

Kathie Fritzon-Lotz

March 31, 2016

Sue, Robin and Kristina,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. (((((HUGS)))))

John Derrig

March 30, 2016

I was a class mate of Bob in high school and knew him for many years after that. I am very sad to hear of his passing, he was a great guy and friend. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Tom Alley

March 30, 2016

So sorry to hear of your loss, Sue. Please know you're in my thoughts and prayers.

March 30, 2016

Sue and Family.
My sympathy and thought are will you. RIP in Bob.
Janice Olevnik Travis, Penn Yan, NY

Kim (Naylor) McCloskey

March 30, 2016

Sue and Family - I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I worked across the hall from Bob when he was part of the Watkins Glen Police Department. He was a good man. The memories of Bob that you keep in your heart and mind will keep him close forever. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.