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Myron Fassett, 83; Lifelong East Springfield Dairyman

IN MEMORIAM: Myron Fassett, 83;

Lifelong East Springfield Dairyman

EAST SPRINGFIELD – Myron Fassett, 83, dairy farmer, died on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, surrounded by his family.

Myron was born on July 13, 1935, in East Springfield, son of Owen and Iva Fassett. He was married to Madeline Fassett for 36 years. He owned and operated the Clinton Camp farm with his brother Kermit Fassett his entire life. Myron had four sons, Rich, Don, Tom, and Bob, who were raised on the farm.

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E. Ferris Banner, 97; Lifelong Dairy Farmer, Livestock Dealer

IN MEMORIAM: E. Ferris Banner, 97;

Lifelong Dairy Farmer, Livestock Dealer

E. Ferris Banner

ONEONTA – Calling hours are this evening for E. Ferris Banner, 97, a livelong farmer and livestock dealer who passed away on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, at Cooperstown Center nursing home.

The calling hours are 5-7 p.m. at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St. A graveside service will take place privately at the convenience of the family in Milford Cemetery.

Ferris was born in Davenport on July 3, 1921, the son of Fred A. and Madge (Loucks) Banner. Shortly after he was born, he moved to the Banner family dairy farm, where he spent the rest of his days working the family farm with this brother Carl and then eventually his son Duane.

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Winston ‘Wint’ Harris, 67; Lifelong Dairy Farmer In Morris 

IN MEMORIAM: ‘Wint’ Harris, 67;

Lifelong Dairy Farmer In Morris 

MORRIS – Winston Y “Wint” Harris, Jr. 67, of Morris, a lifelong farmer, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, at the home of his sister.

Wint was born in New Berlin on Nov. 15, 1950, the son of the late Winston and Charlotte Docker Harris.

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Mickey Ryan, 87, Milford Farmer, NY American Legion Commander
IN MEMORIAM

Mickey Ryan, 87, Milford Farmer,

NY American Legion Commander

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.

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Giocomo Giardi, 95; WWII Navy Veteran, Retired Farmer

IN MEMORIAM: Giocomo Giardi, 95;

WWII Navy Veteran, Retired Farmer

Giocomo “Jack” Guardi

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Giocomo L. “Jack” Guardi, 95, a World War II Navy veteran and retired dairy farmer, passed away peacefully Monday evening Dec. 4, 2017, at his home, with his family by his side.

He was born on Nov. 15, 1922, in Deerfield, Oneida County, a son of the late Giocomo and Joseppina Genovese Guardi. He was raised and educated in Saquoit. He served during World War II as a seaman, first class.

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George Mravlja Jr., 48; Lifelong Farmer Supported Ag Programs

IN MEMORIAM: George Mravlja Jr., 48;

Lifelong Farmer Supported Ag Programs

George P. Mravlja, Jr.

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – George P. Mravlja, Jr., 48, a lifelong dairy farmer, passed away suddenly Nov. 14, 2017, at Bassett Hospital.

He was born Jan. 4, 1969, in Cobleskill, the son of George and Elizabeth (Medved) Mravlja.
George grew up in Worcester on the family farm, a calling her pursued.  He graduated from Worcester Central School.

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Irving ‘Buster’ Jensen, 93; Dairy Farmer Was Active In Community Life

IN MEMORIAM: Irving ‘Buster’ Jensen, 93;

 Farmer Active In Gilbertsville Community 

GILBERTSVILLE – Irving “Buster” Chris Jensen, 93, a farmer who served on  the Gilbertsville school board, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City.

Irving was born the son of the late Jens Christian and Anna (Truelsen) Jensen in Hartwick.

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Grace H. Estell, Edmeston; Ran Edmeston Dairy Farm With Husband

IN MEMORIAM: Grace Estell, Edmeston;

Ran Edmeston Dairy Farm With Husband

Grace Estell

EDMESTON – Grace Hurd Estell, 70, who with her husband operated a dairy farm in Edmeston for 30 years, passed away at her home on Wednesday Aug. 16, 2017 with her loving family at her side.

Grace was born in Dunmore, Pa., the daughter of the late Ralph and Ada Hinkley Pease.

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Lysle Parker, 90; Farmer, Lifelong Basketball Fan

IN MEMORIAM: Lysle M. Parker, 90;

Noted Farmer, Lifelong Basketball Fan

Lysle M. Parker

EDMESTON – Lysle M. Parker, 90, a dairy farmer, and avid basketball player at Edmeston Central who was a life-long fan of the game, passed away on Friday, May 26, 2017, in Little Falls.

Lysle was born on Oct. 12, 1926 in New Berlin, the son of the late Maurice and Grace Meeker Parker, and grew up on South Street.  He was a graduate of Edmeston Central School, where he was an avid basketball player. He played for several town teams, and traveled throughout the area.

Even recently, Lysle would watch as much basketball as he could. He knew the facts, and statistics on most players in the NBA.

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Hugh Henderson, Community Leader

IN MEMORIAM

Hugh Henderson, 

Community Leader

Hugh I. Henderson Sr., 1937-2017

ONEONTA – Hugh I. Henderson Sr., who dedicated much of his life to the public service of Oneonta and Otsego County,  died peacefully at home, following an extended illness, on Friday, April 14, 2017.

He was born March 18, 1937, at Parshall Hospital in Oneonta, the son of Robert L. Henderson Sr. and Marie Elizabeth Henderson.

As a child he lived in Davenport and East Meredith.  In 1946, his family moved to a dairy farm on Southside Drive. He graduated from Oneonta High School in 1954.

Hugh and his brother Bob operated the family dairy farm on Southside for more than 50 years, until October 2000, when the brothers sold their cows, ending more than a half-century of this family-owned business.

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