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.
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.
ONEONTA – John T. Shufelt, 66, of Oneonta, who retired from the SUNY Oneonta University Police after a 32-year career, lost his courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Saturday, Aug.12, 2017, at home.
John was born on Feb. 9, 1951, in Cobleskill, to the late William F. and Mary (Byrne) Shufelt. He grew up in Middleburgh, with his one sister and three brothers and graduated from Middleburgh Central School, Class of 1969.