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WWII Veteran

Nick Stalter, 94; World War II Veteran, Teamster

IN MEMORIAM: Nick Stalter, 94;

World War II Veteran, Teamster

Nick Stalter

MARYLAND – Edward C. “Nick” Stalter Sr., 94, a World War II Navy veteran, Teamster and motor freight driver, passed away peacefully in his sleep Sunday morning, Oct. 20, 2019.

He formerly lived in the Town of Maryland.

He was born on Feb 2, 1925, in Doodletown, Rockland County.  He proudly served in the Navy on the LST 294 during World War II. Ed was a Teamster for 44 years as a driver for Linden Motor Freight.

Charles R. Blanchard, 91; WWII Veteran Drove OPT Bus Until Age 75

IN MEMORIAM: Charles R. Blanchard, 91;

WWII Veteran Drove OPT Bus Until Age 75

ONEONTA – One of Oneonta’s few remaining members of “The Greatest Generation” passed away today, Aug.  8, 2019, to be welcomed by his family and many friends in heaven.

Charles R. Blanchard, 91, was born in Oneonta on May 25, 1928, the son of Merton and Emma (Roscoe) Blanchard.  He attended Oneonta schools and then joined the war effort serving in the Merchant Marines and Navy.

John H. Lance Sr., 92; WWII Vet, Former Fireman, Electrician

IN MEMORIAM: John H. Lance Sr., 92;

WWII Vet, Former Fireman, Electrician

ONEONTA – John H. Lance, Sr. 92, of Oneonta, a World War II veteran and 15-year member of the Oneonta Fire Department, entered into eternal life on Monday, June 3, 2019 at home, with his wife Darlene by his side.

He was born on Oct. 9, 1926 in Parshall Hospital, Oneonta, the son of Harry and Mary (Forte) Lance. He graduated from St. Mary’s School.

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.

Leland C. Smith, 96; Marine Spent Career At Bassett Hospital

IN MEMORIAM: Leland C. Smith, 96;

Marine Spent Career At Bassett Hospital

COOPERSTOWN – Leland C. Smith, 96, a World War II veteran who spent his career in Bassett Hospital’s business office, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, at Promenade Assisted Living in Chestnut Ridge, Rockland County.

Leland was born on Feb. 5, 1922, in Cooperstown, to Ethel and Charles Smith.  He died less than a week before his 97th birthday.

Frank J. Rogers, 93; WWII Veteran Was Bookkeeper At OFO

IN MEMORIAM: Frank J. Rogers, 93;

WWII Veteran Was Bookkeeper At OFO

ONEONTA – Frank J. Rogers, 93, of Oneonta, a World War II veteran who worked for Opportunities for Otsego on moving to Oneonta in the 1970s, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, at home in Oneonta.

He was born on Aug. 5, 1925, in Manhattan, the son of Thomas and Grace (Mead) Rogers. On Dec. 20, 1947, he married Teresa Evans, who passed away in 2000.

Howard Coons, 92; WWII Veteran, Spent Career At USPS

IN MEMORIAM: Howard Coons, 92;

WWII Veteran, Spent Career At USPS

ONEONTA – Howard Coons, 92, a career Postal Service employee at the Oneonta Post Office, passed away peacefully at Fox Nursing Home on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019.

He was born in 1926 in Stamford, son of Howard and Mabel Dowell Coons. He lived most of his life in Oneonta, graduating from Oneonta High School.

He served in the Navy and was stationed in the Philippines during World War II.

John A. Powers, 99; Served In 10th Mountain Division In WWII
IN MEMORIAM

John A. Powers, 99; Served In

10th Mountain Division In WWII

John A. Powers

DAVENPORT CENTER – John A. Powers, 99, a World War II veteran decorated for his service in the famed 10th Mountain Division ski unit, passed away May 10, 2018, at Fox Hospital.

He was born March 24, 1919, in Oneonta, the son of William and Mary Powers.

John grew up in Oneonta and was a long-time resident of Davenport Center.

In the Army during WWII, he served in the 10th Mountain Division’S Infantry Ski Troop. He received two bronze stars, one for heroic achievement, the second for meritorious service.

Robert C. Stiefel, 93; WWII Veteran, SUNY Oneonta Retiree

IN MEMORIAM:  Robert C. Stiefel, 93;

WWII Veteran, SUNY Oneonta Retiree

Robert C. Stiefel

ONEONTA – Robert C. Stiefel, 93, a World War II veteran and SUNY Oneonta retiree, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, at the Chestnut Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center.

Bob was born on June 14, 1924, in Oneonta, the son of Charles and Mabel (Moon) Stiefel.

He served his country in the Army during World War II, (1943-1945), the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.

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.

Gilbert F. Sherman, 90; WWII Veteran, Wilber Bank Loan Officer

IN MEMORIAM: Gilbert F. Sherman, 90;

WWII Veteran, Wilber Bank Loan Officer

ONEONTA – Gilbert F. Sherman, 90, a World War II veteran and retired Wilber Bank loan officer, passed away on May 12, 2017 at Fox Nursing Home.   Previously, he lived in Milford.

He was the husband of the late Jane (Schempf) Sherman. He was born on April 21, 1927 in Middleburgh, son of the late Lee and Edith (Fryar) Sherman. He graduated from Milford Central School in 1944. Gil served in the Army Air Corps in the Pacific during the World War II Army of Occupation as a radio man on a B-17.

Anthony Chicorelli, 93; Oneonta Native, World War II Veteran

IN MEMORIAM: Anthony Chicorelli, 93;

Oneonta Native, World War II Veteran

Anthony Chicorelli

ONEONTA – Anthony Chicorelli, 93, a Navy veteran of World War II who retired from Allied Corp., died Thursday, March 30, 2017, from natural causes.

He was born June 25, 1923, son of Eugenio and Alessandra (Pallottolo) Ciccarelli. Affectionately known as Tony to friends and family, he married Frances Louise Beach in 1942. Frances left this world too soon, on May 20, 1993, 69 years young.

Paul W. Shelton, 93, WWII Veteran In 32 Naval Battles
IN MEMORIAM

Paul W. Shelton, 93, WWII

Veteran In 32 Naval Battles

Paul Shelton

ONEONTA – Paul Wilson Shelton, 93, a World War II veteran who served on the USS Lexington aircraft carrier during 32 battles in the Pacific Theater, passed away Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Fox Hospital.

He was born May 18, 1923, in Warwick, Tenn., the son of the late Henry and Clarence (Cherry) Amos.  Paul was raised in Woodville, Mississippi and graduated from Woodville High School.

He enlisted in the Navy just before Pearl Harbor Day and, assigned to the USS Lexington, was also involved in the development of radar.

Russell A. Southard Sr., 96; WWII Vet Supervised Major Construction Projects
IN MEMORIAM

Russell A. Southard Sr., 96; WWII Vet

Supervised Major Construction Projects

Russell A. Southard Sr.
Russell A. Southard Sr.

OTEGO – Services are planned later this month for Russell Anderson Southard Sr., 96, a WWII veteran who helped build the Downsville Dam and supervised other major construction projects while raising six daughters and a son in Otego.  He died Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, at the Oxford Veterans Home.

He was born Sept. 11, 1920, one of four sons of Lou and Bethel (Anderson) Southard. He married Marguerite Smith on Oct. 22, 1942, in the Otego Presbyterian Church. Together they raised a family of seven. She died Aug. 28, 1986.

Gordon A. Daley Sr., 91; Served In Japan Occupation After WWII

IN MEMORIAM;  Gordon A. Daley Sr., 91;

Served In Japan Occupation After WWII

ONEONTA – Gordon A. Daley, Sr., 91, an Amphenol retiree who served in the occupation of Japan after World War II, passed away Nov. 26, 2016 at Chestnut Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center after a lengthy illness.

Gordon was born Feb. 7, 1925 in Oxford, the son of Leo and Edna (McMullen) Daley.  He married Beverly Baker on Aug. 16, 1946 at Elm Park United Methodist Church in Oneonta.

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