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Frank ‘Skeeter’ Green, 91; Dairy Farmer Served On Many Area Boards

IN MEMORIAM: Frank ‘Skeeter’ Green, 91;

Dairy Farmer Served On Many Area Boards

Skeeter Green

WESTVILLE – Frank E. “Skeeter” Green, a life-long area resident, community leader and dairy farmer, passed away unexpectedly Monday morning, Jan. 6, 2020, at his winter residence in Mesa, Ariz., with his wife, Margaret, by his side. He was 91.

Born Aug. 22, 1928, at Bassett Hospital, he was a son of Ambrose C. and Mildred Ottaway Green. After graduating from Milford High School, Class of 1945, he attended Cornell University, earning a two-year degree in agriculture.

On Sept. 3, 1949, Frank married Margaret Donnelly, a native of Binghamton, in a ceremony in Westville. Skeeter and Maggie settled on his family’s dairy farm, Oak Hill, where they raised their family.

Marion R. Cotten, 84; With Husband, Operated Dairy Farm

IN MEMORIAM: Marion R. Cotten, 84;

With Husband, Operated Dairy Farm

MILFORD – Marion R. Cotten, 84, who with her husband operated a Town of Milford dairy farm for 36 years, died Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, at Bassett Hospital.

Born Aug. 1, 1935, in the Town of Butternuts, Marion was the daughter of Fields and Lulu (Smith) Miller.

She was raised in the family home on Fields Miller Road (named for the family) and graduated from Gilbertsville High School in the Class of 1955. She married her sweetheart, Lloyd Cotten on Nov. 17, 1956.

Robert F. Milavec, 82; Ran Dairy Farm, Tended Large Family

IN MEMORIAM: Robert F. Milavec, 82;

Ran Dairy Farm, Tended Large Family

Robert Milavec

WORCESTER — Robert F. Milavec, 82, a dairyman and family man, passed away at home on Nov. 22, 2019.

He was born Aug. 18, 1937, in Central Bridge, the son of Frank and Mary (Muehl) Milavec.

Bob graduated from Worcester Central School, Class of 1955.

He married Nancy Green on June 3, 1961, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Worcester.

He was a member of the Army Reserves, serving from 1955 to 1963.

Duane N. Young, 64; Schuyler Lake Man Worked On Farms

IN MEMORIAM: Duane N. Young, 64;

Schuyler Lake Man Worked On Farms

Duane Young

SCHUYLER LAKE — Duane N. Young, 64, of Route 28, a farmer who held several other kinds of jobs in Northern Otsego County, passed away peacefully on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, in Valley Health Services, Herkimer.

Duane was born on March 5, 1955, in Cooperstown a son to the late Leonard and Roberta Tyler Young. He was raised and educated in Richfield Springs.

Duane was best known as a dairy farmer who worked on several farms and also held many other jobs. He worked Titan Homes in Sangerfield, Daimler Bus in Oriskany, L’Hommdieu  Farm in Richfield, and lastly for Chobani in New Berlin until he retired.

Darryl L. Dye, 80; Top Schwan’s Salesman In Nation

IN MEMORIAM:  Darryl L. Dye, 80;

Schwan’s Top Salesman In The Nation

Darryl Dye

EDMESTON – Darryl L. Dye, 80, who was top salesman in the nation a number of times during his 27 years with Schwan’s Home Delivery, passed away Thursday, Aug. 22.

Hel was born on June 26, 1939, in Edmeston, son of the late Roger L. and Mable V. Rose Dye. A lifetime resident of the area, Darryl graduated from Edmeston Central School.

In addition to Schwan’s, where he worked from 19879 to 2014, he was a dairy farmer in the Edmeston area from 1965 to 1988.  He also worked with Milt Davis, performing artificial insemination; Kraft Foods, and was a self-employed house painter.

Gordon L. Finch, 78; From Age 10, Dedicated Dairy Farmer

IN MEMORIAM: Gordon L. Finch, 78;

From Age 10, Dedicated Dairy Farmer

SIDNEY CENTER – Gordon L. Finch, Sr. 78, a devoted dairy farmer since age 10 – all he wanted for his birthday was a dairy pail and stool for milking – passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at Fox Hospital with his family at his side.

He was born on Nov. 7, 1940, in Sidney, to Elwood and Marian Finch.  He married the former Carole A. Smith on Dec. 17, 1960, in Sidney; she survives him.

Frank Kasprowicz, 82; Farmer Led Snowtopper Snowmobilers

IN MEMORIAM

Frank Kasprowicz, 82; Farmer

Led Snowtopper Snowmobilers

Frank Kasprowicz

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Frank Kasprowicz, 82, second president of what became the Canadarago Snowtoppers’ snowmobiler club, passed away on Saturday morning, April 27, 2019, at Foltsbrook Rehabilitation & Nursing Home in Herkimer.

He was born on the family farm in South Columbia on Nov. 10, 1936, son of the late Frank and Ida Siedletska Kasprowicz.

Mr. Kasprowicz was the snowmobile club’s second president and worked to incorporate it as the Canadarago Snowtoppers. He also was an Agway committeeman and member of the Polka League of the Mohawk Valley.

Gary H. Farney, 66; Farmer, SUNY Morrisville Herdsman

IN MEMORIAM: Gary H. Farney, 66;

Farmer, SUNY Morrisville Herdsman

EAST SPRINGFIELD – Gary H. Farney, 66, of Morrisville, a dairy farmer and SUNY Morrisville herdsman, passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at Community Memorial Hospital in Hamilton.

He was born Feb. 12, 1952, in Lowville, a son of Herbert H. and Berneda Hirshey Farney. He was a graduate of Lowville Academy and Central School and SUNY Cobleskill.

On Sept. 19, 1981, Gary married Karen Weaver in East Springfield, a loving union of 37 years.

James A. Weeks Jr. 81;Dairy Farmer, 4th Of July Parade Marshal

IN MEMORIAM: James A. Weeks Jr. 81;

Dairy Farmer, 4th Of July Parade Marshal

SPRINGFIELD – James A. Weeks, Jr., grand marshal of the Springfield Center 2017 Fourth of July Parade and a lifelong dairy farmer, died Feb. 25, 2019, at Bassett Hospital, with his loving church family and close friends by his side.

He was born on Aug. 3, 1937, to Arnold and Mildred Weeks.  James was a graduate of Springfield Central School.  He lived his whole life on the family dairy farm, taking over the business when he came of age.

Richard Teachout, 97; World War II Veteran, Dairy Farmer

IN MEMORIAM:  Richard Teachout, 97;

World War II Veteran, Dairy Farmer

Richard J. Teachout Sr.

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Richard J. Teachout, 97, of Johnson Street, a World War II veteran and retired dairy farmer, passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, Feb. 27, 2019, in his home. He had the comfort of his loving family by his side at the time of his passing.

Richard was born Feb. 22, 1922, in Schenectady, a son of the late Oscar Carl and Isabel Antis Teachout. He was raised and educated in Richfield Springs. In 1942, Richard joined the Army and fought in World War II, serving in the South Pacific. On June 6, 1943, in Cooperstown he married the former Wanda Thayer, a blessed union of 63 years until her passing in 2006.

Dairy farming was a large part of Richard’s life, after returning from the war he purchased a dairy farm in Richfield, which he and his wife worked.

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.

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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