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Edward V. Spencer, 93; Drove Tractor-Trailers Until Reaching 80

IN MEMORIAM: Edward V. Spencer, 93;

Drove Tractor-Trailers Until Reaching 80

Edward Vines Spencer of Oneonta drove tractor-trailer until age 80.

ONEONTA – Edward Vines Spencer passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2019, at Fox Nursing Home, surrounded by loved ones. He was 93.

Ed was born May 4, 1925 in Pittsfield, to George and Ida Spencer. He fondly remembered growing up on a farm with his parents and two brothers Don and Bob. He enjoyed reminiscing about the farm animals, particularly two work horses named Dolly and June and the family dog Pal, who “knew how to fetch a cow.” He graduated from Morris Central High School in 1943.

In Memoriam: William Van Wieren, 88; Farmed in West Winfield

IN MEMORIAM: William Van Wieren, 88;

Dutch Immigrant Farmed in West Winfield

William Van Wieren

NORWICH – William “Bill” Van Wieren, 88, a former truck driver who farmed in West Winfield for a time, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018.

Bill was born in Kommerzijl, the Netherlands on March 27, 1930,  to the late John and Anna (Snip) Van Wieren.  He immigrated to the U.S. with his family in 1947 at the age of 17 after the end of WWII.  He married Alice DeVries in 1952 and together had 12 children.

Dean G. Utter, 78; Farmer Was ONC BOCES President

IN MEMORIAM: Dean G. Utter, 78;

Farmer Was ONC BOCES President

Dean G. Utter

CHERRY VALLEY – Dean Grover Utter, 78, a lifelong farmer, school board member and former ONC BOCES board president, passed away Nov. 15, 2018, at Bassett Hospital after a sudden illness.

He was born on April 12, 1940, to Almond Grover Utter and Evelyn Prime Utter of Cherry Valley. He graduated from Cherry Valley Central School, and attended Syracuse University and Cornell University.

He was the loving husband of the late Karen Louise (Parsons) Utter, whom he married on May 5, 1962.

Lauren D. Dye, 84, Farmer, Led Eastern Milk Producers
IN MEMORIAM

Lauren D. Dye, 84, Farmer,

Led Eastern Milk Producers

Lauren D. Dye

EDMESTON – Lauren D. Dye, 84, a retired farmer and past president of Eastern Milk Producers, passed away Thursday Nov. 7, 2018, in Cooperstown, with his loving family at his side.

Lauren was born on Oct. 17, 1934, in the Town of Brookfield, the son of the late Donald A. and Pauline Aikins Dye.

After graduating from Edmeston Central School, Lauren remained in the Edmeston area, operating his dairy farm until the late ’90s when he retired.

Lois Gengenbach, 84; Farmer With Extension-Service Husband

IN MEMORIAM: Lois Gengenbach, 84;

Farmer With Extension-Service Husband

COOPERSTOWN – Lois J. Gengenbach, a long-time resident of Cooperstown who had run a farm with her extension agent husband, passed away Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 30, 2018, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica. She was 84.

Born Nov. 29, 1933, in Hudson, she was a daughter of Michael and Helen (Hover) Bessman. She married William H. Gengenbach, also from the Hudson area, on Sept. 4, 1954, at The Church of St. Mary in Hudson.

Gould W. Liddle, 76; Milford Center Farmer Hard Worker

IN MEMORIAM: Gould W. Liddle, 76;

Milford Center Farmer Hard Worker

MILFORD CENTER – Gould Warren Liddle, 76, a farmer who later worked in many jobs around the county, took his last breath Monday, July 2, at his home in Milford Center.

Gould was born at home in Index on Sept. 21, 1941, to Gladys and Frank Liddle.  He went to Cooperstown Elementary School until the eighth grade, when he left to go work on the family farm.

Dr. Bruce Harris, 79, Springfield; Neurosurgeon, Farmer, Musician
IN MEMORIAM

Dr. Bruce Harris, 79, Springfield;

Neurosurgeon, Farmer, Musician

Dr. Bruce S. Harris

SPRINGFIELD CENTER – Dr. Bruce S. Harris, physician, farmer and musician, died on March 31, 2018, at home, where he had been cared for by hospice and his family. The cause of death was metastatic prostate cancer.

His death brought closure to a life of professionalism and service, of cultivation and propagation of a love of the arts, most especially music, and of commitment to a way of life that was simultaneously private and outward-facing.

Many who knew him thought of him as a Renaissance man. He was active in a public sphere – in concerts, in opera, in the organization of bringing extraordinary levels of musical activity to the community – and he cultivated his own garden, in a literal sense.

Raymond D. Greising, 77, Farmed, Worked For Thering Equipment

IN MEMORIAM: Raymond D. Greising, 77;

Farmed, Worked For Thering Equipment

Raymond D. Greising

BURLINGTON FLATS – Raymond D. Greising, 77, who spent his career in farming and the farm-equipment sector,  died unexpectedly on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, at his home.

Ray was born on Dec. 7, 1940, in Ulsterville, Ulster County, on the family farm. He was the son of the late Joseph and Emily LeMaire Greising.

Leland A. Harvey, 90; Farmer, Contractor Worked At Opera

IN MEMORIAM: Leland A. Harvey, 90;

Farmer, Contractor Worked At Opera

Leland A. Harvey

SPRINGFIELD CENTER – Leland Arthur Harvey, 90, a farmer, contractor and the Glimmerglass Opera’s first maintenance director, passed away on Aug. 30, 2017, at home with family by his side.

Leland was born on Aug. 5, 1927, in Salt Springville to Arthur William and Bertha Ripple Harvey.

Leland worked his family farm in Salt Springville until 1956, then built homes with C. David Smith as a skilled carpenter, plumber and electrician.  He joined the  Glimmerglass Opera when it opened as its present site.

Andrew J. Kubis, 97, Middlefield; Former, WWII Vet, Civic Leader
IN MEMORIAM

Andrew J. Kubis, 97, Middlefield;

Farmer, WWII Vet, Civic Leader

MIDDLEFIELD – Andrew J. Kubis, 97, a farmer, decorated World War II veteran and founding member of the Middlefield Fire Department, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017 at home surrounded by his family.

Born in Kearney, Pa., on Sept. 28, 1919, to Michael and Mary Kubis, the family moved to Middlefield when Andrew  was 11. Andrew lived and worked on the family farm until joining the Army, where he was a tank unit commander in the armored cavalry.

Frederick I. Underwood, 92; Developed Underwood Heights
IN MEMORIAM

Frederick I. Underwood, 92;

Developed Underwood Heights

Frederick I. Underwood

OTEGO – Frederick I. Underwood, 92, a life-long independent businessman who developed Underwood Heights in Otego, passed away June 8, 2017.

He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Joyce Burnside Underwood, on Nov. 17, 2011.

Fred was born in Sidney Center on Dec. 10, 1924, to Henry and Fannie (Sheldon) Underwood, who along with siblings, Mildred, Seymour, Ken, Lucy and George predeceased him.

Edward Egnaczyk, 84, Farmer

IN MEMORIAM: Edward Egnaczyk, Farmer

SPRINGFIELD – Edward S. Egnaczyk, 84, a retired farmer, passed away March 26, 2017, after a long battle with cancer.

He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Kasper and Stephania on April 23, 1932.

Leslie Gray, 92, Springfield Center; Nationally Recognized Appraiser

IN MEMORIAM

Leslie Gray, 92, Springfield Center;

Nationally Recognized Appraiser

Les Gray • 1924-2017

SPRINGFIELD CENTER – Leslie B. Gray, 92, a nationally recognized real-estate appraiser, passed away at home with his family at his side on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 22, 2017.

Les was born in April 1924 in East Springfield to Harold S. and Gladys B. Gray.  He graduated from Springfield Central School in 1941 and attended Morrisville Ag & Tech, earning an associate degree in 1943.  After attending Cornell University, he returned to Graycrest, the family farm in East Springfield.

He married the love of his life, Janet Louise Gros, on April 29, 1944.  They lived and worked on the farm until 1956, when Les began his career as a real estate appraiser.  In 1964, he moved his family to Syracuse and was a founding member and president of Pomeroy Appraisal Associates until 1988.

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