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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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David Sprague, 88; Exeter Native Later Lived In Treadwell

IN MEMORIAM: David Sprague, 88;

Exeter Native Later Lived In Treadwell

David Sprague

TREADWELL – David Wilson Sprague, 88, an Otsego County native who then farmed in Treadwell and pursued a career in sales, died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, at the Norwich Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Norwich.

He was born on Oct. 14, 1928 in Exeter, the son of Asa W. and Vivian (Fay) Sprague.

Dave grew up in Schuyler Lake and attended elementary school there.  He then went to Richfield Springs and graduated from Middleburgh Central School in 1947.  He attended Cornell University, studying agriculture and milk testing.

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Robert J. Barton, 88; Farmer Helped Form Milk Cooperative

IN MEMORIAM: Robert J. Barton, 88;

Farmer Helped Form Milk Cooperative

Robert J. Barton
Robert J. Barton

SCHENEVUS – Robert J. Barton, 88, a dairy farmer and one of the organizers of the Schenevus-Elk Creek Milk Producers Cooperative in the 1980s, passed away Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, after suffering a heart attack.

The son of Iva and Ernest Barton, he was born on May 16, 1928. Bob spent his entire life in Schenevus, most of it working on the family farm.

Bob started his education in the local one-room school and graduated from Andrew S. Draper Central.  He received a bachelor’s in physical education from Ithaca College in 1951. He worked for three years at General Electric in Schenectady.

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