TODDSVILLE – Leslie A. Parshall, 90, a World War II veteran who in 2005 erected a monument honoring all veterans at his Greenough Road home, passed away Sunday afternoon, April 9, 2017, at Focus Rehabilitation & Nursing Center at Otsego.
He was born Nov. 16, 1926, in Saranac Lake, a son of Howard and Gladys (Gowett) Parshall. He first attended a one-room schoolhouse and then continued his education in Cooperstown. On Aug. 19, 1948, Les married Lois M. Harvey in Cooperstown.
COOPERSTOWN – Paul J. Lambert, former Cooperstown Central School principal and superintendent of schools and later director of the Clark Foundation Scholarship Program, as well as a coach and well-respected member of the community, passed away late Wednesday night, Dec. 27, 2017, at Bassett Hospital.
A loving and supportive husband, father and grandfather, he was 87.
Born March 24, 1930, in Sayre, Pa., he was one of nine children of Harry F. and Mary A. (Murphy) Lambert.
A graduate of Athens High School, he attended Hartwick College, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in history.
MIDDLEFIELD – Walter Charles Eckler, 83, a 45-year firefighter, co-founder of the local 40 & 8 veterans organization and co-owner of a former local Chevrolet dealership, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, at his home in Phoenix Mills, surrounded by his family, following a long illness.
Walter was born on May 17, 1934, in Hyde Park (Otsego County), only two miles from his lifelong residence with his wife, Dorothy Ann (Robinson) Eckler. He was an eighth-generation descendant of the Ecklers who immigrated to Herkimer County in the late 1600s from the Palatine Region of Germany.
MILFORD – Mickey Ryan, 87, of Milford, a past state commander of the American Legion, passed away Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 13, 2017, at the state Veterans’ Home at Oxford, where he was given compassionate care while struggling with Alzheimer’s.
Mickey loved life and people, worked hard and played even harder.
ONEONTA – Robert Steven “Steve” O’Sullivan, 76, a Marine and mason, passed away Nov. 3, 2013, at Bassett Hospital, due to complications from a head injury after a fall; his family was by his side. He is no longer in pain and is at peace.
He was born Oct. 17, 1941 in The Bronx, the son of the late Virginia (Tansy) and Robert William O’Sullivan. Steve was raised by his grandparents in Windham after his mother lost her life when he was 2. As a teenager, he moved to Stamford, and lived with his Aunt Laura and Uncle Holger Eklund while his father continued to work for the New York Telephone Company in the city.
SPRINGFIELD – Richard Lee Hanson, a Marine veteran of the Vietnam War, retired school teacher and farmer, passed away following a valiant battle with cancer Wednesday night, Oct. 18, 2017, at his home in the Town of Springfield with his family by his side. He was 73.
Born March 30, 1944, at Bassett Hospital, he was the son of Lester Hans and Ellamae Jessie (Myers) Hanson. A gifted athlete, Dick attended Cooperstown Central School where he excelled in football, skiing, basketball and track.
COOPERSTOWN – Until the NFL and team owners prevent players from “taking a knee” during the National Anthem, pro football will not be shown in the Cooperstown Vets Club on Main Street, Commander John Famulare said this afternoon.
The decision was made unanimously, 8-0, when the club’s directors were polled at their latest meeting last Monday. It may be the first such decision by any post nationwide.
“When they play the National Anthem,” said Famulare, “you better stand up, period.” He said the ban will remain in place “until the players start acting like men” and show respect for the National Anthem.