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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
RICHFIELD SPRINGS – James J. Stearns, 69, of Hugick Road, a retired dairy farmer whose interests ranged widely to include Percherons, raising unusual chickens, growing roses and day lilies, and playing the organ, passed away on Thursday morning March 21, 2019, at Bassett Hospital.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.