April 26, 1923 to November 6, 2013
Lee Center – Gladys E. Pritchard, 90, of Sulphur Springs Road passed away November 6, 2013 at the Eastern Star Home, Oriskany surrounded by her family.
She was born in the Town of Lee on April 26, 1923, a daughter of William B. and Matilda Anderegg Tuthill. She attended the village school at Lee Center and later graduated from Rome Free Academy in 1940. Gladys married Bertrand W. Pritchard on June 30, 1943 at the Lee Center United Methodist Church. The couple operated a dairy farm on the Sulphur Springs Road for over 40 years. Mr. Pritchard died January 14, 2003. Gladys was tax collector for Belcher School until it centralized with West Leyden school. In 1946 she transferred her membership from Lee Center Methodist Church to Point Rock Methodist Church where she was a very active support of the United Methodist Women. She was famous for her homemade rolls and baked goods for the harvest supper and bake sales. She enjoyed her garden and flowers and was grateful for the simple outdoor pleasures. She said “God gave all of it for free”. She was very grateful for having a family of four boy and four girls and her many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. She had a loving and caring way that attracted young people and children and she will be missed greatly by everyone that knew her.
A special thank-you is extended to the staff at Eastern Star Home and the Middle Settlement Road Wound Care Center for all the wonderful care shown to Gladys. Surviving are her children, Mark and Vernie, Ivan and Molly, Eric and Debbie, Jason and Jeanette, all of Lee Center, Janice and Gary Henderberg, Rome, Eileen and Jim Sturtevant Jr., Lee Center, Elinor and Chris Stevens, Whitesboro and Violet Pritchard, Lee Center; 28 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren and 5 great- great grandchildren. Also surviving is one sister, Beatrice Maitland, Lee Center and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a grandson, Heath Pritchard, December 23, 2012, two great grandchildren, Hannah Grace Kinney and Bobbie Roseann Pritchard; four sisters, Rose Tuthill, Marion Urtz, Clara Hurlbut and Irene Hahn and five brothers, Harold, John, Sanford, Walter and Alfred Tuthill.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Point Rock United Methodist Church with Reverend Debra Wollaber officiating. Burial to follow in Point Rock Cemetery. Calling hours at the Mills Funeral Home, 301 Post Street, Boonville are Friday from 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Point Rock Methodist Church or Point Rock Cemetery Association.
For an online message of sympathy please go to www.mills funeralhomes.com
April 26, 1933 to November 3, 2013
Boonville- Leon Ivan Bowen, Jr. 80, of Stuckie Road, husband of Wanda, passed away on Sunday, November 3, 2013, at St. Luke's Memorial Hospital, New Hartford, after a brief illness.
Leon was born in Rome, on April 26, 1933, a son of Leon Ivan and Cecilia Elwood Bowen, Sr. He completed his education at Rome Free Academy, later earning his GED, while serving his country from 1956-1958; after his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, he served in the Army Reserves for six years.
For 19 years he was employed as a machinist at Revere Copper & Brass Co. of Rome; later he was employed for Domar Co. of Rome, in construction of protective municipal sand domes. His last employment was at Cleo Hughes Horse Farm near Boonville.
On December 24, 1963, Leon was united in marriage with Wanda Prosser at the Lee Center Methodist Church. There after the couple lived in Point Rock for several years before moving to their present home in 1984.
Mr. Bowen was of the Methodist Faith and he enjoyed spending time with this family, hunting, fishing, doing mechanical work on his car and watching NASCAR Races.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his four children, Melissa Turner and Pete Hutchins, John Bowen and Ginger Egelston, all of Boonville, Rose Kingsley, Rome and Holly Wright, and husband, Robert, Staley, NC, 12 grandchildren, and 20 great grandchildren.
His Funeral will be Thursday at 11:00 A.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville, where Pastor Robert Dean, of the Boonville United Methodist Church, will officiate. Interment with Military Rites from Charles J. Love Post American Legion, Harland J. Hennessey Post V.F.W. and Tun Tavern Marine Corps League, all of Boonville, will follow in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Mohawk Hill. Calling hours are Wednesday 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Stevens Swan Humane Society, 6247 Lamphear Road, Rome, NY 13440.
For an on-line message of sympathy, or to share a memory of Leon, please go to www.trainorfuneralhome.com
July 5, 1921 to November 2, 2013
Boonville- Harry Erlo Capron, 92, of Boonville, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, the 2nd of November, surrounded by family. He was the son of Erlo Barnes Capron and Susie Clark Capron. He was born in Boonville on July 5, 1921.
He was predeceased by his parents, his sister Bernice Hayes (William), and his brother Norman Capron, and his brother in-law Bud Larrivey.
He is survived by his wife Jean Capron, his children John Capron (Gloria) of Modena, NY; William Capron of Portland, OR; David Capron (Donna) of Romulus, MI; Susan Capron Davis (Thom) of Chicago, IL; Bruce Capron (Barbara) of Westernville, NY; Marjorie Capron Mahaffy (John) of Boonville, NY; and Andrew Capron (Joyce) of Canton, GA; fourteen grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. Surviving siblings include his sister Eleanor Zeigler (Robert), brother Clint Capron (Betty), sister in-law Marleen Capron, sister in-law Marjorie Larrivey, and several nieces and nephews.
He completed high school in 1939, where he was a competitive small bore shooter, and would compete at Camp Perry, Ohio in the Civilian Military Training Camps program, firing the 1903 Springfield at 1000 yards, and test firing the prototype M-1. Additionally, in his youth, he hunted and fished the North Lake and Boonville Gorge areas.
Harry served in the US Army Air Corps, 7th Air Force, in the Pacific Theater, as a Tail Gunner on the B-24 Bomber "Galvanized Goose," completing 30 combat missions, plus many reconnaissance and support missions. He would leave the service as a Staff Sergeant, decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross as a result of aerial combat in which the three bomber formation he was assigned to was engaged by approximately 40 Japanese Zeros. He was credited with one confirmed kill and one probable. He was awarded the Air Medal five times, and was the last surviving member of his flight crew.
Following his military service, he married Jean Flint of Harrington Park, NJ on September 22, 1945. This union has lasted 68 years.
He began his working career at Revere Copper & Brass prior to his military service. After his military service, he worked at Willard Press in Boonville as a printer. He later worked as a carpenter and a guard at Griffiss Airbase. He and his family lived on the Millers Woods Road in Boonville until 1964 when he purchased the farm on the Jackson Hill Road from which he and Jean would retire and relocate to their current home in the village. Harry served the Boonville community as Assessor and Town Councilman, and participated in a number of local government education programs. He so loved this community.
He was a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Harland J. Hennessy Post 5538, and the American Legion.
He was a 70 year member of the Boonville Fire Company, an organization he was so very, very proud to be a member of.
He was a General Class Amateur Radio Operator with the call sign of WA2OFK, and one of the founding members of the Boonville Amateur Radio Club. He was also an active personal computer user. He was also a weather watcher for two local TV channels.
The family would like to especially thank Bambi Freeman for her thoughtfulness and support. They would like to also thank Dave Pritchard and the Boonville Fire Company and Ambulance Corp and Hospice and Palliative Care for their kindness, support and generosity.
His Funeral will be Wednesday at 11:00 A.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville, where Rev. Sean Patrick O'Brien will officiate. Interment will follow in Boonville Cemetery, where members of Charles J. Love Post American Legion Post 406, Harland J. Hennessey Post 5538 V.F.W. and the Tun Tavern Marine Corps League, all of Boonville will render Military Rites. Calling hours are Tuesday 6-8 P.M. and Wednesday 9:30 A.M. until the time of the funeral at the funeral home. Members of the Charles J. Love American Legion Post 406, Harland J. Hennessey Post 5538, and Tun Tavern Marine Corps League will meet at the funeral home in a group on Tuesday for a service at 7:00 P.M. and members of Boonville Fire Co. will meet in a group on Tuesday for a service at 7:30 P.M. Memorial contributions may be made to The Boonville Ambulance Fund P.O. Box 164, Boonville, NY 13309.
For an on-line message of sympathy, or to share a memory of Harry, please go to www.trainorfuneralhome.com
January 23, 1982 to November 3, 2013
Turin – William E. Hutchins Jr., 31, of Route 26, passed away on November 3, 2013.
He was born in Lowville, NY on January 23, 1982, a son of William E. Sr. and Patsy Cook Hutchins. He spent his early years in Port Leyden moving to Carthage and attend Carthage Schools. He enjoyed lacrosse and loved music.
Surviving are his father, William E. Hutchins Sr., Boonville; his mother, Patsy Greenlow, Watertown; one sister, Beth Anne Hutchins, Watertown; his girlfriend, Jennifer Rice, Turin; half-brothers and half-sisters, Joseph of Turin, Patrick of North Carolina, Crystal of Parish, NY, Renee of Texas and Billi Jo of Minnesota.
Relatives and friends may call on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, from 9- 11 a.m. at Mills Funeral Home, 301 Post Street, Boonville.
For an online message of sympathy please go to www.millsfuneralhomes.com
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