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Vietnam veteran

Kevin M. Mroczkowski, 69; Vietnam Vet, 911 Responder Lived In Otego

IN MEMORIAM: Kevin M. Mroczkowski, 69;

Vietnam Vet, 911 Responder Lived In Otego

Kevin Mroczkowski

OTEGO – Kevin Michael Mroczkowski, a Vietnam veteran and 911 responder, was called home by his Savior on 3 July, 2019, after a three-month fight against cancer.

Kevin was in the company of family at the time of death, and he was frequently visited by cousins, nieces and nephews and friends during his illness.

Kevin was born in Brooklyn on 2 March, 1950, the son of Stanislaus S. and Margaret E. Mroczkowski.  He grew up in Queens  and, shortly after graduating from Far Rockway High School, he served his country in the Army.  He was trained as a medical corpsman and during the Vietnam War he served at the 6th Convalescent Center in Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam.

Robert A. Tracy, 71; Award-Winning Springfield Farmer

IN MEMORIAM: Robert A. Tracy, 71;

Award-Winning Springfield Farmer

EAST SPRINGFIELD – Robert A. Tracy, 71, the award-winning proprietor of Golden Brook Farm, passed away  Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at Albany Medical Center.  At the time of death, Robert was surrounded by a room full of family who loved him dearly.

Bob Trady grew up in Oxford, where he graduated from high school. He then enlisted in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. During his enlistment, he meritoriously achieved E-5 (sergeant) rank in just three years, and was honorably discharged.

Allen Wamsley, 73; Vietnam Veteran, Reinhardt Retiree

IN MEMORIAM: Allen Wamsley, 73;

Vietnam Veteran, Reinhardt Retiree

Allen Walmsley

ONEONTA – Allen Wamsley, 73, a Vietnam veteran who retired from Reinhardt Home Heating, passed away on May 16, 2019, at Bassett Hospital, following an extended illness.

Allen was born in Kingston, on Jan. 19, 1946, to Ruth Effner and Andrew Wamsley. He was the youngest of his five siblings, Marie (Paul), Patricia, Butch, Steve (Shirley) and Chris (Russ).  He grew up in the Oneonta and the surrounding area, attending Oneonta High School.

Robert Wade Coffey, 73; Vet Leaves 30 Grand,  Great-Grandchildren

IN MEMORIAM: Robert Wade Coffey, 73;

Vet Leaves 30 Grand, Great-Grandchildren

Robert W. Coffey

UNADILLA – Robert Wade Coffey, 73, of Unadilla, a Vietnam veteran and heavy-equipment operator, passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born April 23, 1946, son of the late Wade L. Coffey and Evelyn E. Edwards, Town of Maryland.

Robert was a long time over-the-road truck driver, and worked for Frazier’s Landscaping in Oneonta, hauling and operating heavy equipment before retiring several years ago.

Gregory L. Hext; Vietnam Vet Worked At Remington

IN MEMORIAM: Gregory L. Hext;

Vietnam Vet Worked At Remington

Greg Hext

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Gregory L. Hext, 74, a Vietnam veteran who worked for Remington Arms, passed away peacefully Tuesday evening, Feb. 12, 2019, at Bassett Hospital.

Greg was born Sept. 28, 1944, in Herkimer, a son to the late Gerald and Florence Price Hext.  He was raised in educated in Richfield Springs.

After high school, he served in the Navy during Vietnam.

Terance Pugliese, 73; Lifelong Cooperstownian; Vietnam Vet

IN MEMORIAM: Terance Pugliese, 73;

Lifelong Cooperstownian; Vietnam Vet

Terance Pugliese

COOPERSTOWN – Lifelong Cooperstownian Terance James Roy Pugliese passed away suddenly Monday0 evening, Dec. 3, 2018.

To newcomers, he was known as Terry, to friends he was The ACE, T.P., The Mayor, or Ambrose, and to his daughters, he was their Popsicle but whatever you knew him as, chances are, if you spent any time in Cooperstown, you knew him.

With a booming voice, joyous laughter and mischievous grin, Terry had a gift for making everyone feel accepted and valued. A charismatic people person who never met a stranger, Terry was surrogate brother and father to all he would listen to your troubles, make you laugh and forget your problems.

Bernard ‘Buddy’ Bunt, 69; Vietnam Veteran Had Moved To Tennessee

IN MEMORIAM: Bernard ‘Buddy’ Bunt, 69;

Vietnam Veteran Had Moved To Tennessee

“Buddy” Bunt

HARTWICK – Bernard “Buddy” C. Bunt, Jr., 69, a lifelong Hartwick resident and Vietnam veteran who lived in Paris, Tenn., for the past 1½ years, died Nov. 23, 2018, at his home there.

He was born on June 23, 1949, in Cooperstown, son of Bernard C. Bunt, Sr. and Elizabeth A. Schweitzer Bunt.  He attended Cooperstown Central School, then joined the Marine Corps, serving in Vietnam.

Donald Bush, 74; Vietnam Veteran, Laurens Mayor

IN MEMORIAM: Donald Bush, 74;

Vietnam Veteran, Laurens Mayor

LAURENS – Donald R. Bush, a decorated Vietnam War veteran and former mayor of Laurens, passed away peacefully on July 26, 2018, at Bassett Hospital after an extended illness.

Born, July 25, 1944, he was the son of Walter K. Bush and Olive (Spoor) Bush.  Born and raised in Laurens, Don graduated from Laurens Central School in 1961.  After graduating high school, Don worked at Phillips Buick in Oneonta.

Ronald J. Pavlus, 71; Vietnam Vet, Jordanville Postmaster

IN MEMORIAM: Ronald J. Pavlus, 71;

Vietnam Vet, Jordanville Postmaster

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Ronald J. Pavlus, 71, of Division Street, Richfield Springs, Vietnam veteran and retired Jordanville postmaster, passed away Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, at Albany Medical Center, Albany.

He was born on Oct. 28, 1946, in Cooperstown, son of the late John and Anna (Devan) Pavlus. He graduated from Owen D. Young High School, Van Hornesville, with the Class of 1964.

David L. Cole, 69; Vietnam Veteran, General Carpenter

IN MEMORIAM: David L. Cole, 69;

Vietnam Veteran, General Carpenter

David L. Cole

WESTFORD – David L. Cole, 69, a Vietnam veteran and independent carpenter, passed away unexpectedly Dec. 24, 2017 at home.  He was 69.

He was born June 25, 1948, in Cobleskill, the son of Sylvester and Margaret (Englert) Cole.

Dave graduated from Andrew S. Draper Central School, Class of 1967. He was an Army veteran, serving in the Vietnam War, 1968-69, in Company C, 815th Engineer Battalion, Central Highlands. He was a life member of the Schenevus VFW.

Frederick Obermeyer, 73; Vietnam Vet, Worked At Oneonta Schools

IN MEMORIAM: Frederick Obermeyer, 73;

Vietnam Vet, Worked At Oneonta Schools

 COOPERSTOWN – Frederick John Obermeyer, Sr., 73, of Cooperstown, a Vietnam veteran who worked for Oneonta City Schools, died Nov. 6, 2017, at Bassett Hospital, surrounded by his family.

He was born March 19, 1944, in St. Albans, Queens, son of Frederick and Gloria (Cook) Obermeyer.

Eugene R. Smith, 72; Vietnam Veteran, Longtime Firefighter

IN MEMORIAM: Eugene R. Smith, 72;

Vietnam Veteran, Longtime Firefighter

Eugene R. Smith Sr.

TODDSVILLE – Eugene R. Smith, 72, of Toddsville, a Vietnam veteran and longtime member of Hartwick Fire Department Co. No. 2 in Hartwick Seminary, and passed away Sunday afternoon, Oct. 15, 2017, at home in his favorite recliner surrounded by his family.

Gene – or Bobby, as he was affectionately known by family and friends – was born June 9, 1945, in Cooperstown, a son of Richard Frederick Smith, Sr. and Dorothy Arlene Roseboom Smith.

Ronald C. Cook, 70; Member Of CNY Stock Car Hall Of Fame
IN MEMORIAM

Ronald C. Cook, 70; Member

Of CNY Stock Car Hall Of Fame

Ronald C. Cook

ONEONTA – Ronald C. Cook, 70, the Oneonta native who earned induction into the Central New York Stock Car Hall of Fame, passed away Jan. 20, 2017, at his home in Port Charlotte, Fla., with his family by his side.

He was born on Sept. 25, 1946, in Oneonta, son of Shirley Raymond and Hilda Marie Cook.  He graduated from Laurens Central School in 1965 and enlisted in the Air Force, serving Stateside and in Vietnam.

He was self-employed during the 1980s and ’90s, operating Mr. Fixit.  He relocated to Florida in  1999, and was maintenance supervisor for the State of Florida’s Gulf Coast Center in Fort Myers until his retirement.

Lenny Webb, 66; Worked At Otesaga, Dreams Park

IN MEMORIAM: Lenny Webb, 66;

Worked At Otesaga, Dreams Park

Lenny Webb

HARTWICK –  Lewen “Lenny” Ray Webb, 66, of Hartwick, passed away Sunday morning, Jan. 22, 2017, at Bassett Hospital.

Born Aug. 4, 1950, at Chenango Memorial Hospital in Norwich, he was a son of the late Raymond W. and Vera J. (Stratton) Webb.

A graduate of New Berlin Central School, Lenny was drafted into the s Army on May 12, 1970, serving during the Vietnam War.  Following his honorable discharge on May 11, 1973, he returned to New Berlin and for a time was employed at the Roostertail Bar and Grill where he met his future wife.

On June 20, 1981, Lenny married the former Colleen A. Morton in Morris.

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