MILFORD – William “Bill” Truscott, 74, who retired from farming in Laurens, then pursued a career in business, living in Arizona and California, passed away peacefully Saturday night Feb. 1, 2020, surrounded by his family at home after a long battle with MS.
He was born on Aug 17, 1945, son of Howard and Alice (Buel) Truscott in Delhi. After graduation from Laurens Central School, Class of 1964, he served in the Navy for four years aboard the USS Mississinewa out of Newport, R.I.
On March 18, 1967, he married Gloria A. Youngs, at the United Methodist Church in Unadilla.
After leaving the Navy, Gloria and Bill were dairy farmers, in Laurens. After the farm was sold, he was a manager of a West Nesbitt Feed Store in Sharon Springs for several years.
He and Gloria moved to Mesa, Ariz., in 1978, where Bill joined the Northrup King Seed Co., which transferred him to Los Angeles. The couple then moved back to Arizona, where Gloria and Bill sold health insurance until 2000, when they moved back to Otsego County. The Truscotts lived in the Town of Milford at the time of his passing.
Bill was diagnosed with MS over 35 years ago.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Gloria, his brother, Bruce Truscott and his family, of Arkansas, and his sister Marion Bookhout of Hobe Sound, Fla. Also surviving are his sister in law, Suzi Whitmore and her husband, Denny, his brother-in-law Doug Youngs and wife, Cheryl, and his wonderful mother-in-law, Betty Youngs. There are several nieces and nephews, and a special cousin, Linda Kollar, and many other cousins who survive.
He was predeceased by his parents and his father-in-law, Edwin Youngs.
His family wishes to thank all the staff at Helios Care, especially Emily, Jen and Mike for their wonderful care and all of the aides at Cooperstown Connections for their great care, especially Diane, Amber, Casey and Chrissy.
There will be no services at this time. Services will be graveside, with military honors, in the spring at Unadilla Evergreen Cemetery. An announcement will be made at a later date. Online condolences may be made at: www.wmaddenfh.com.
Arrangements by the Westcott-Madden Funeral Home, 123 Main St., Unadilla.