Frank Case, 82, took pride in Copake flower beds

E.GREENBUSH–Frank L. “Duke” Case Jr., 82 of Copake, passed away on Saturday, March 6, 2010 at Hawthorne Ridge.

He was born on March 24, 1927 in White Plains, the son of Frank L. and Mabel (Watkins) Case Sr.

Mr. Case was a 50-year resident of Copake previously residing in White Plains, where he was employed as a paid firefighter. Upon moving locally he was the owner of Case Plumbing & Heating until his retirement.

He was a United States Navy veteran serving his country from 1944 to 1946 and was a longtime member of the Closson-Raught American Legion Post #1160 in Copake Falls.

Active in his community, Mr. Case was a former Boy Scout leader, a member of the Copake United Methodist Church and took great personal satisfaction in maintaining the flower beds at the village circle where the Copake Memorial Clock is located. He enjoyed making his maple syrup, was an avid square dancer and formed the “Titan Teen” Dance Club.

His wife, Regina H. (Johnson) Case, died in 1983. Four sisters also died previously.

Survivors include two daughters and their spouses, Katherine and Tait Wheeler of Hillsdale and Carol and Robert Rhoton of Amarillo, Tex. and a son and daughter in law, Paul and Chillys Case of Glade Spring, Va. He also leaves four grandchildren, Gregory Wheeler, Lynn Wheeler, Douglas Wheeler and Jonathan Coons and his wife, Audrey, along with a great grandson, Keir Coons. Additionally he leaves his companion, Alice Belt, of Copake and her children, Linda Burnier, Leslie Parsenios and Brian Belt along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited and may call Wednesday March 10, 2010 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Peck & Peck Funeral Home, Route 22 in Copake.

Funeral services will be offered on Thursday March 11, 2010 at 11 a.m. from the Copake United Methodist Church, Church Street, Copake.

Burial with military honors will follow in the Copake Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you kindly consider memorials to the Copake United Methodist Church, Copake, NY 12516 or the PKD Foundation, 8330 Ward Parkway, Suite 510, Kansas City, MO  64114-2000.

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