2016-09-14 / Obituaries

Milton Valk

Milton Donald Valk, 93, of Fleischmanns, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 at his home with his loving family by his side.

He was born January 17, 1923 on Hubbell Hill, Margaretville to William and Bertha Stahl Valk. He attended a one-room schoolhouse until the eighth grade and then attended high school in what is now the Margaretville Fire Hall until the present day MCS was built. He graduated in 1941 and married his high school sweetheart, June Close, on November 28, 1942.

He got a job, as many young men did at the time, at the Scintilla plant in Sidney making aircraft parts. He was drafted into the Army in January 1943, spending one year in New Guinea and one year in the Philippines, earning the rank of First Sergeant.

After the war he bought his present home in Fleischmanns in 1946 from Dr. Weinberg, who had a medical practice there. He began work for NYSE&G in February, 1947 and retired from there in 1984. He also built the Valkyrian Motel with his cousin, Kenneth Conine and began that business in 1963 until present day.

Milton was a Rotarian for more than 60 years, a 58-year member of the American Legion, was on the Fleischmanns Village Board for 15 years and was on the Fleischmanns School Board as clerk until it merged with Margaretville Central in 1968.

Milton is survived by his daughter, Carolyn (Lynn) Brad- ley of Margaretville; brother, Virgil Valk, 97, of Tucson, AZ; sister, Marjorie Eckert of Walden; grandchildren, Theodore (Pam- ela) Finkle of South Kortright, Jennifer (Dan) Abraham of Burnt Hills, Elizabeth (PJ) Ackerley of Mt. Kisco, Christopher (Tara) Bradley of Cooperstown, Heather (Mark) Friese of Libertyville, IL, Hilary (Michael) Cammarata of Atlanta, GA, and Mallory Valk of Keeseville. Nineteen great grandchildren also survive including Justin, Sage, Denali, Akasha, Jessica, Reid, Luca, Lark, Felix, Parker, Piper, Cooper, Shane, Wyatt, Hayden, Hun- ter, Hollis, Holden and Jack, in addition to two great-great grandchildren, Viera and Leilani.

Milton was predeceased by his wife, June; two sons, Steven and David; his parents, William and Bertha; brother, Julian and great grandson Lane Rowe, 11.

Calling hours will be held at Hynes Funeral Home in Margaretville on Thursday, Sept. 15 from 7 to 9 p.m.

A funeral service will be held at the same location on Friday, Sept. 16 at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in the Paige Cemetery in Downsville.

Donations in Milton’s memory can be made to Catskill Area Hospice.

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