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Sunday, November 22, 2015

 

REV. RICHARD T. HOTZLER, POND EDDY, NEW YORK

Rev. Richard T. Hotzler age 85  of Pond Eddy, NY went to be with our Lord Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at the Castle Point VA Medical Ctr., Wappingers, NY.  He was born on September 18, 1930 in Maspeth, NY the son of Charles and Ada Smith Hotzler.  Richard proudly served our country with the US Army during the Korean War with Cold War Occupation Forces in West Germany.  After serving over five years of military service, he was first employed  by Dean Phillips Stores in Port Jervis.  He then worked at Modern Homes Corporation leaving as General Foreman of Production when the corporation moved to Dearborn, Michigan. He began working for Federal Service employed by the US Rail-Mail Service and was transferred to the Monticello Distribution Center when the rail-mail was terminated.   At Monticello, he attained various positions retiring as Postmaster after 37 years of service.  He was appointed  to the position of Code Enforcement officer for the Town of Lumberland retiring after 18 years of service. He also  served as a member of the Town Planning Board and the Town of Lumberland Cemetery Committee.  Richard  was very civic minded and involved in his community.  He was a life long member of the Pond Eddy United Methodist  Church.  He served the Eldred Congregational Church as a lay speaker and then served as Pastor of the church for 43 years.  He was a charter member and two-time president of the Lumberland Lions Club and Lumberland Seniors.  He was a life member of the American Legion Post #1363, Eldred, NY, the Roosa-Fleming  V.F.W. Post #161, Port Jervis,  the Port Jervis Lodge of Elks, #645 B.P.O.E. and the AARP.  He will be sadly missed by his wife of 62 years, Irmgard  Durr Hotzler; his daughters Karin Obolewicz and her husband David of Bow, New Hampshire, Susan Hotzler of LaGrangeville, NY, Heidi North and her husband Jim of Gilbert, AZ; his grandchildren, Jason Meehan and his wife Jenny, Nicole Carino and her husband Davie, Laura and Ryan Obolewicz and Lucas North; great grandchildren Anthony and Eva Carino, Landon and Jocelyn Meehan.  He is also survived by his brothers Butch Hotzler and his wife Ginny of Canton, NY, Harry Hotzler and his wife Bette of Melbourne, Fla., his sister Eileen of Milford, PA, his sisters-in-law, Ilse Schafer and her husband Heinz and Herta Herbold all of Germany, including several nieces and nephews.  Visitation will be held Friday, November 27 from 2-4 PM at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY.  Funeral services will be held  11AM Saturday, November 28 at the Eldred Congregational Church, Eldred, NY.  Rev. Sue Storms will officiate. Interment will follow  with military honors at Glen Spey Cemetery, Glen Spey, NY.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Eldred Congregational Church, 31 Bruce St., Port Jervis, NY 12771 or to the Lumberland Vol. Fire Dept., 5000 County Rt. 31, Glen Spey, NY 12737.  Arrangements are by the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY.  For information, directions or to send  a condolence note to the family visit knight-auchmoody.com

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