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Army veteran

Bill Schraft, 83; Worked For Best Brands, Bugbee

IN MEMORIAM: Bill Schraft, 83;

Worked For Best Brands, Bugbee

OTEGO – William “Bill” H. Schraft, 83 of Otego, passed away at his home on May 17, 2017, after a short battle with cancer.  He was surrounded by family and his devoted dog Midnight.

Bill was born on Nov. 2, 1933, in Oneonta, to William H. Schraft, Sr. and Sophie (Kovatchich).  He graduated from Oneonta High School in 1952, then spent two years in the Army. Bill worked for Best Brands Beverage as a truck driver and later as a salesman. He retired from SUNY Oneonta’s Bugbee Day Care,  where he worked as a custodian and bus driver.

Douglas S. Rhyde, 84; ‘Mayor Of The Fly Creek Valley,’ Mason

IN MEMORIAM: Douglas S. Rhyde, 84;

‘Mayor Of The Fly Creek Valley,’ Mason

Douglas S. Rhyde, “Mayor of Fly Creek Valley”

FLY CREEK VALLEY – Douglas Schuyler Rhyde, known as “The Mayor of Fly Creek Valley,” passed away Sunday evening, Feb. 19, 2017, at Syracuse VA Medical Center. He was 84.

Born July 21, 1932, in Walton, Doug was a son of Rufus J. and Esther E. (Pope) Rhyde. He first attended a one-room schoolhouse and then school in Richfield Springs.

Doug joined the Army on Nov. 5, 1953, serving during the Korean War. He transferred to the Army Reserve on his discharge on Nov. 4, 1955, serving until October 1961.

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