Obituaries

Nelson Gray

Nelson G. Gray, 87, a resident of New Kingston, died Friday, June 24, 2011, at Mountainside Residential Care Center, Margaretville.
He was born May 5, 1924, in Grand Gorge, the son of Leonard and Ruth (Edwards) Gray.
Nelson is survived by his wife of 64 years, Eugenia C. (Soderlind) Gray.
He served his country in the U.S. Army from January 29, 1943 until January 15, 1946, some of that time being spent in the South Pacific.
He operated his dairy farm in New Kingston for 63 years and enjoyed working with his Holstein dairy.


Elwin Shultis

Elwin M. Shultis, 88, the son of Charles and Lula Shultis, was born July 22, 1922 in Lexington. He passed into eternity on Sunday, June 12, 2011, in St. George, UT.
He married Marguerite Clancy on December 18, 1943.
A renowned automobile historian and mechanic, Al was a source of endless technical information, specifications, fun stories and little facts on practically all American-made cars and some foreign cars as well as many early aircraft.


John Frasier

A memorial service for John R. “Jack” Frasier, formerly of Route 42 in Shandaken, who died at home on April 29, 2011, will be held at the Shandaken Methodist Church in Shandaken on Saturday, June 25 at 1 p.m.
All friends and family are invited to attend.


Benjamin Short

Benjamin Byron Short St., 71, of Highmount, passed away on Friday, June 10, 2011 at Kingston Hospital with complications from a long illness.

He was born July 14, 1939 in Highmount, the son of the late William and Evelyn Barley Short.
Ben was a lifelong resident.

He attended Fleischmanns High School and earned his GED in the United States Army. He was a lifelong resident of Ulster and Delaware counties. He served in the U.S. Army four years, stationed in the European Theatre. Ben married his high school sweetheart, Virginia Todd, on October 21, 1960.


Marguerite Stanton

Marguerite R. (Peggy) Stanton, 82, formerly of Prattsville, passed away on Saturday, May 14, 2011, at Agape Senior Hospice in Rock Hill, SC, after a valiant battle with cancer.

She was born October 16. 1928 in Grand Gorge, the daughter of Peter and Florence (Moore) Parys.
She was raised in South Gilboa where she attended Stamford Central School.She was married to Ralph Stanton who predeceased her.

Peggy was a devoted mother and wife, living on Long Island before retiring to Prattsville in 1974.


Floyd Ruff

Floyd G. Ruff, 83, of New Kingston, died Sunday, June 12, 2011 at Mountainside Residential Care Center, Margaretville.

He was born January 5, 1928, in Margaretville, the son of Howard Edward and Florence (Cowan) Ruff. Floyd was a lifetime resident of the New Kingston Valley and attended Margaretville Central School.

He was a hardworking and dedicated farmer and loved dairy cattle. He ran the dairy operations of the Ruff Farms’ vegetable and dairy farm with his brother, Francis and nephew, Don Ruff.


Anne Pindar

Anne W. Pindar, 86, of Grand Gorge, was called to her Lord on Sunday, June 5, 2011, following a brief illness.

Anne Wilson was born August 6, 1924 to Calla C. Barse and Herbert E. Wilson in Bangor, where she was raised.

After graduating from Potsdam Teachers’ College in 1945, Anne was hired to teach at the former Grand Gorge Central School.

She taught and substituted at Grand Gorge Central until its closing in 1980. Anne continued to teach and substitute in Roxbury Central and Gilboa Central schools.


Virgil Smith

Virgil E. Smith, 83, of Margaretville, died Wednesday, June 1. 2011 at O’Connor Hospital in Delhi.
He was born January 5, 1928 in Arena, the son of Earl and Gertrude (Sanford) Smith.

Virgil was a logger and heavy equipment operator and was self-employed.
He was a lifelong area resident and was known as a person who was always helping friends when needed.

Surviving is a daughter, Nancy Smith-Rushforth of Hancock and his best friend, Liz Stratton Rossman of Margaretville.


Ray Shultis

Family and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Ray Shultis at the Arkville Pavilion on Sunday, June 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. where a luncheon will be served. Ray passed away in Bradenton, FL on April 25, 2011.


James Davis

Committal services for James R. Davis, who died March 13, 2011 will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2011 at the Andes cemetery, Andes, with military honors. Rev Steve Swanson, officiating.
Arrangements by the Hynes Funeral Home, Mar


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