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robert bush obit

March 25, 1920 to May 29, 2014

MARTINSBURG – Robert J. Bush, 94, formerly of NYS Route 26, Martinsburg, died early Thursday morning, May 29, 2014 at Lewis County General Hospital.

A Funeral Mass will be said at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 2, 2014 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with Rev. Christopher Carrara, Pastor, officiating. Burial with Military Honors will be in Martinsburg Cemetery. A gathering at Lowville VFW will follow the burial. Calling hours are from 2 – 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 1, 2014 at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville. Contributions may be made the Martinsburg Fire Department, P.O. Box 143, Martinsburg, NY 13404 or Lewis County Memorial Post #6912, 7752 West State Street, Lowville, NY 13367, or Lowville American Legion Post #162, 5383 Dayan Street, Lowville, NY 13367.

He is survived by three sons and a daughter-in-law, Lon R. and Sue Bush of West Lowville, Robert L. and Henry R. Bush of Lowville; four daughters and two sons-in-law, Alicia R. Bush of Alexandria, VA; Rochelle Bush and Paul Bishop of New Paltz; Renee Bush of Martinsburg, Roberta and Jack Zehr of Lowville; six grandchildren, Abby Bush and her husband David Baer, Shaun and his wife, Alexis, Kyle Bush, Brooke and Sloane Zehr, Morgan Rook; two great-granddaughters, Eleanor Baer & Finlee Bush; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Lawrence and Wanda Bush of Watertown; Clement and Wilma Bush of Lowville; Bernard and Barbara Bush of Lowville; two sisters and two brothers-in-law, Christine Thoma of Castorland; Clara and Jack Matulewicz of Lowville; Maurice Birchenough of Lowville; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by his wife, Beverly, who died on September 24, 2009; three sisters, Margaret Tabolt, Marie Walters and Theresa Birchenough.

Robert was born on March 25, 1920 in Lowville, New York, a son of the late Henry J. and Frances Becker Bush. He graduated from Lowville Academy in 1938, and worked as a mechanic at area garages before entering the U.S. Army Air Corps in September, 1941. Mr. Bush was a Flight Engineer on B-29s during World War II, until November 1945. He served as a Flight Engineer on C-97s during the Korean War. He flew 24 missions in WWII and 10 missions in the Korean War. He received numerous medals and declarations including, a Purple Heart, American Theater Victory Ribbon w/star, 4 Air Medals, Pearl Harbor Ribbon, Meritorious Service Wreath, Distinguished Flying Cross, The Bronze Star, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign National Defense Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, American Defense Medal, WWII Medal, Good Conduct Medal. On May 28, 1950, he married Beverly J. Potter with Msgr. John Hogan, officiating. Mr. Bush worked as shop foreman at Fort Drum for many years before retiring. He was a State Fire Instructor for 35 years.
Mr. Bush was a communicant of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Lowville. He was a member of Lewis County Memorial Post #6912, VFW and Lowville American Legion Post #162. He was a member of the Martinsburg Fire Department and a charter member of the Lewis County Citizen’s Patrol. In his younger years, he was a coach of farm league baseball for boys.

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March 21, 1926 to May 27, 2014

Lyons Falls:  Eugene R. Farr Sr. 88, of 4204 Lyons Falls Rd. was pronounced DOA Tuesday morning at Lewis County General Hospital, Lowville.

He was born March, 21, 1926 in the Town of Lyonsdale, the son of Raymond E. and Viola N. Persons Farr and attended school in Penny Settlement.  He was employed as a grinder at Lyons Falls Pulp and Paper, for 30 years retiring in 1972 and had previously worked at the Herman Kraeger farm in Port Leyden.  He married Elizabeth E. Farnham March 29, 1969 in Lake Placid.  He was a charter memeber of the NYS Sheriff's Association and the NY Hunting and Fishing club.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and being outdoors.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, two sons Eugene R. Farr, Jr. of Lyons Falls and Raymond Roscoe Farr of Saluda, NC; one sister Lois McNaughton of Hudson Falls.  He is predeceased by two brothers and two sisters.

The funeral will be Saturday at 10 AM at the Callaghan Funeral Home, LLC Port Leyden with Rev. Joan Ripp, officiating.  Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery, Lyons Falls.  Friends may call from 6 until 8 Friday evening at the funeral home.  Donations may be made in his memory to the Lyons Falls Ambulance Fund.

Camden -- Relatives and friends are invited to attend graveside committal services for Charles Gallo, at Boonville Cemetery, on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 10 AM.  Mr. Gallo, 90, husband of Lila Boardman Gallo, passed away on November 30, 2013, at Sunset Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Boonville.  He and his brother, Art were the founders of Gallo Bros. Construction and Logging Company, and in 2006 Charlie was bestwoed with the title of "TUG HILL SAGE" a prestigious award given by the Tug Hill Commission.  Arrangements are in care of Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. Boonville.

merry obit

December 4, 1945 to May 20, 2014

GLENFIELD- Lark John Merry, 68, of DeForest Ave., Glenfield died Tuesday evening, May 20, 2014 at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown.

A graveside service with Military Honors will be held on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Beaches Bridge Cemetery, with Rev. Joan Ripp, officiating. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are with Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Memorial Processing Center, PO Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057; or to the Marine Corps League Det. #754, 7429 NYS Rte. 12, Lowville, NY 13367.

He is survived by his wife of over 41 years, Joyce; two children and their spouses, Holly and Ray Falk of Beaver Falls; Wendy and David Grau of Greig; nine siblings, Ceylon Merry of Lowville; Guy Merry of the Town of Leyden; Rosetta and Carlton “Sonny” David of Black River; Franklin and Christine Merry of Lowville; Christopher and Mary Merry of Turin; Yvonne Merry of Montague; Juanita and Tony Young of Montague; Robin and Brian Porter of Sackets Harbor; Hope and Pat Breen of Boonville; five grandchildren, Antonio, Chelsie, Rebecka, Joshua and Tyler; many nieces, nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by a sister, Rebecca Rohr.

Lark was born on December 4, 1945 in Lowville, NY, a son of the late Guy Sr. and Noreen Williams Merry. He attended Lowville Academy, and enlisted in the U.S. Marines, serving during the Vietnam War, from October, 1965 – October, 1969, receiving a National Defense Metal, Vietnam Service Metal, Vietnam Campaign Metal and a Good Conduct Metal. On July 1, 1972, he married Joyce A. Clearo at the home of his aunt. Mr. Merry worked for Payne Jones, later named Pajco. He retired from Fibermark in Lowville in 2007 after 38 years of service.

Lark was a past member of Marine Corps League Det. #754. He enjoyed carpentry and hunting.

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September 25, 1927 to May 20, 2014

Remsen-Barbara Claire Bennett Roberts, 86, passed away peacefully at Sunset Nursing Home on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

She was born in Canton, NY to Harley J. & Florence Rood Bennett on September 25, 1927, Barbara attended school for several years in a one-room school house in Somerville, NY but graduated from high school in Canton, NY in June 1944. She attended college at Canton Ag & Tech College (currently SUNY-Canton) and received her associate degree in Hospital Dietetics, class of 1947. Her first job moved her to Remsen, working at Remsen Central School as cafeteria manger where she met the love of her life, Kenneth, with whom she shared 58 years of marriage before Ken’s passing on August 26, 2007. After marrying Ken on October 9, 1948, she worked and raised her five children at the former “Wallace Francis” farm “on the hill” that the couple had purchased in 1949. After selling the farm, Barb worked for several years selling real estate, a profession she loved and was very good at. Barb was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother whose main focus in life was to cherish and nurture her family. She was known to make fifteen pies for holiday dinners for 26 people just to make sure everyone had the favorite.

Barb was predeceased by her husband, Ken, sister, Nancy Yauger, brothers, Richard and Dale Bennett and son-in-law, Francis T. Martin, Jr. She is survived by her loving children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, Catherine Martin, Remsen, and her family, Michael and KK Adams, Kale and Kyra Kaalekahi, Cody and Kiana Catherine Adams; Richard and Judy Roberts, Remsen and their family, Brett and Sara , Kenny and Courtney, Spencer and Brayden and Karin and Ireland; Bradley and Gaye Roberts, Remsen and their family, Jill, Matthew and Ashley; Mark and Kathy Roberts, Boonville and their family, Conor and Tyler; John and Lisa Roberts, Remsen and their family, Lenee and Patrick Nolan and Rachel and fiancé, RJ. Also surviving are a brother, William and Lynn Bennett, Canton; two sisters-in-law, Judy Bennett, Canton and Helen Roberts, Trenton Falls; a brother-in-law, Allen Yauger, West Leyden; a godson, Randy and Julie Engelbrecht and many nieces and nephews.

She was a member of the first United Methodist Church of Remsen, XYZ Seniors and the Remsen-Stueben Historical Society. Barbs family would like to extend a special thank-you to all those angels at the Sunset Nursing Home. They treated Mom like family and were very compassionate to her family prior to her passing.

A funeral service will be on Friday, May 23 at 11 a.m. at the Remsen Methodist Church. Calling hours will be on Thursday from 1-3 and 7-9 p.m. at the Ackley-Mills Funeral Home 9597 Main Street, Remsen.

Burial will be in Prospect Cemetery. Please consider donations in her memory to the First United Methodist Church, Remsen or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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