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Richard “Dick” Crumley
September 23, 1942 May 27, 2012

Richard “Dick” Crumley was born at Hamilton Ave. Hospital in Monticello. He was brought home to Ballard Rd in Mongaup Valley. There he resided for most of his life and departed from there via ambulance to Catskill Regional Medical Center, where he unexpectedly passed away due to complications attributed to lung disease.
He was a direct descendant of John Crumley, who emigrated from New York City to the Fraser Settlement in Bethel in 1808. Dick was the second son born to the late Thelma Hunt Crumley and Harry F. Crumley. His older brother Douglas Eldridge Crumley predeceased him in 1969. Richard attended Monticello High School and then went to serve in the US Army from 1959 to 1962. He returned to his beloved hometown of Mongaup Valley and married the love of his life, Patti Ryan, in 1963. Together they raised their three children on the very same plot of land where Dick had been raised. Family tradition and roots were very important to Dick. He believed in keeping his loved ones close. He cultivated a theme of loyalty and love amongst them, upholding the tenants of a true and honored patriarch of the family. He will forever be remembered and grieved for by his wife, Patricia Ryan Crumley of Mongaup Valley; his three children, William Crumley and his companion Tracy Kanyok of Smallwood and her daughter, Lauren Capp; his daughter, Christine Crumley-Dubois and her husband Bruce DuBois and her son, Bradley Richard Gruber of Cochecton and his daughter Cathleen Crumley-Doherty and her husband Robert Doherty and their three sons, John Ryan, Matthew and Douglas of Mongaup Valley.
In 1965, Dick went to work for the Town of Bethel. He left in 1975 so he could manage his newly purchased gas station in White Lake. He proudly named the establishment 7x Service Station after his racecar number. Dick has raced Limited Sportsman at Orange County Fair Speedway and various classes of cars at the then named White Lake Speedway. Dick had been famous for his overwhelming driving ability, demonstrative wins and losses and was known to give a certain flair to the racing culture of his time.
Soon after, Dick decided to change his path in business and renamed the gas station to Seven X Motors. Thus the old Shell sign came down, adjacent land was purchased, and he became the seller of “Quality Used Cars.” Many would come to see Dick for a fair deal. And if one was short on cash, he would work it out. One time he even traded a car for a St. Bernard named Mable, who many in White Lake came to know and love.
In 1979 Dick entered the political arena. He won his very first bid for Town Council. He served the position with honor, representing his constituents with vigor and tenacity in a style that was unique to him. Dick resigned that position in 1980 to accept the appointment of Town Highway Superintendent. He won his spot in the election in November of that same year. He served Bethel honorably and effectively in this capacity until 1993. He then went on to yet another career, where he was the owner and trainer of Standard bred Horses. True to Dick’s character, he managed to acquire more pets than purse checks. Often, he would rescue horses being brought to slaughter and retired many of his own to the field behind his home.
Dick reentered the political stage of Bethel in 2001. In true Dick Crumley fashion, he came from the back of the pack to capture his checkered flag. He has served The Town of Bethel Council with dedication and devotion to the very last day of his life. Dick was a time-honored statesman respected by those he represented.
Dick was not a man of conventional means. He has managed to chart a course unique for himself, maintaining stability and honor throughout his life. Dick had always remained loyal to his true love of cars and antiques. Rusty car parts and anything of the like were his favorites. Many days he spent driving from town to town seeking out these relics. His uncanny ability to wheel and deal enabled him to turn that rust into his own form of gold. Dick was a living tribute of true American innovation.
Dick has touched the lives of many people in so many ways. His “tell it like it is” style earned him well-deserved respect and reverence in the community. Dick’s tough facade was filled with a heart of kindness, sensitivity and forgiveness. He was a man amongst men, a loving husband, and exceptional father, and an adoring grandfather. He was a legend in his own time. He will be forever missed. The world has been a better place because he was in it!
Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 1 at the Mongaup Valley United Methodist Church at 1 p.m. The Rev. Randolph Yerkes will officiate.
Burial will follow at VanKeuren Cemetery in Swan Lake, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Funeral arrangements are by Ramsay’s Funeral Homes Inc. Kauneonga Lake, NY, 583-5445.

Lawrence R.V. “Rob” Potter, 38
October 26, 1973 - May 29, 2012

Lawrence R.V. “Rob” Potter of Callicoon died Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, NY. He was 38.
The son of Lawrence Potter and Darlene Roney, he was born October 26, 1973 in Susquehanna, Pa.
Rob graduated from Hancock Central School in 1991, and from Penn State with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism in 1995. He was a member of the Callicoon United Methodist Church, and an Eagle Scout. Rob was currently employed as the sports editor for the Sullivan County Democrat, and was very dedicated to his work.
Surviving are his father, Lawrence; his mother and stepfather, Darlene and Russell Burnett; four brothers, Michael, Justin, Jeffrey, and Patrick; his maternal grandmother, Rose Roney; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents and maternal grandfather.
Calling hours will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, June 1, 2012 at the Henderson-Biedekapp Funeral Chapel in Hancock.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Lake Como United Methodist Church in Lake Como, Pa.
Interment will follow in the Lake Como Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rob’s memory to the Callicoon United Methodist Church or to the Lake Como United Methodist Church.
Arrangements are by the Henderson-Biedekapp Funeral Chapel, Hancock.

Jean Spence
Formerly of Parksville, 88

Jean Elizabeth Spence, 88, of Joker, WV, formerly of Parksville, NY, died Saturday, May 19, 2012, at Minnie Hamilton Health System, Grantsville.
She was born in Eagle Valley, NY, the daughter of the late Bernard J. and Myra Burris Carley.
She was employed by Sears, Roebuck & Co. and Days Inn, both of Liberty.
Surviving are one daughter, Maureen Wright of Joker; one grandson, Daniel Wright of Joker; two granddaughters, Lani Nead and Coleen Hare, both of Livingston Manor; two great-grandsons, Justin Hare and Ryan Nead, both of Livingston Manor; three great-granddaughters, Jamie Pawlak and Kaitlyn Hare, both of Livingston Manor, and Abigail Wright of Joker; and one cousin, Nancy Lavelle of Livingston Manor.
Graveside services were held at Bryner Chapel Cemetery, Joker, with Rev. Glen McBride officiating.
Arrangements by Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville.

Doris E. Klein
Retired Legal Secretary, 89

Doris Edith Klein, a retired legal secretary, and longtime resident of the area, died Sunday, May 27, 2012 at her home in Forestburgh. She was 89.
The daughter of the late William R. Merchant and Ada E. Moore Merchant, she was born March 24, 1923 in Gravesend, England. She was the widow of Joseph Klein who predeceased her in 2001.
Doris was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Monticello, serving in the Altar Guild, and a member of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Hudson, FL.
She is survived by her two sons, Jeffrey M. Klein and his wife, Kathleen, of Chesapeake, VA, and Kenneth C. Klein of Hortonville; daughter-in-law, Elizabeth of Forestburgh; five grandchildren, Joshua D. Klein, Kellye L. Green and her husband, Bradley, Sarah M. Klein, Rachel A. Klein and Joseph G. Klein; a greatgrandchild, Madison G. Green; and her oldest, dearest friend, Elaine Alenky, of Forestburgh.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, June 1 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 15 St. John St. in Monticello with Mo. Ninon Hutchinson officiating.
Burial will follow at Rock Ridge Cemetery in Monticello.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.
Arrangements are under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home of Monticello. For additional information please visit

Gerald F. Feigenbutz
Retired Dairy Farmer, 83

Gerald Frederick Feigenbutz, a retired dairy farmer and lifetime resident of Obernburg, NY, died Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at CRMC in Callicoon, NY. He was 83.
The son of the late Alphonse and Freida Hornung Feigenbutz, he was born May 27, 1929 in Obernburg, NY.
He was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Obernburg.
He is survived by one brother, Clarence Feigenbutz, and his wife, Patricia; one nephew, Andrew Feigenbutz and his wife, Heather; three greatnephews, Michael and Jacob Feigenbutz and Dustin Taylor; two greatnieces, Julianne Feigenbutz and Haley Taylor; and several cousins.
There will be no visitation.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at St. Mary’s Church in Obernburg with Father Joe Jeracek, OFM, officiating.
Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Obernburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church, Obernburg, NY.
Arrangements were made by Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Inc., Callicoon, NY.

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