Charles Shattenkirk, 81, public servant, history buff

VALATIE—Charles P. Shattenkirk, 81, of Valatie, passed away Saturday, July 17, 2010 at his home.
Born August 2, 1928 in New York City, he grew up in Brooklyn and Queens. Mr. Shattenkirk graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1946. He later graduated from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn with a degree in civil engineering.
He moved to Columbia County in 1959 and was employed as a NY public servant for more than 30 years.
He held various positions with the state Department of Education, Division of the Budget, Office of Mental Health, Department of Transportation and finally retired in 1984 as the executive deputy commissioner of the Department of Labor.
Mr. Shattenkirk was instrumental in founding and establishing Columbia-Greene Community College and served on the Board of Trustees for many years.
He was an accomplished speed skater and cyclist as a young man. He was a proud member of the ROMEO Club and the Columbia County 50s Club.
Mr. Shattenkirk was an enthusiastic history buff and loved to spend time with his family and friends.
Surviving relatives include his three children, Maureen R. (David) Mooney and Chuck Shattenkirk, both of Valatie, Kate A. (Mark) Shattenkirk of Pinehurst, NC; seven grandchildren, Shane Brogan, Corrie and Jill Shattenkirk, Seth and Jake Mooney, Sean Shattenkirk and Rachel Shattenkirk-Smith.
Friends may call at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie, Tuesday, July 20 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, July 21, 11 a.m. at the Kinderhook Dutch Reformed Church with the Reverend Rudy Visser officiating.
Contributions in Mr. Shattenkirk’s name may be made to the Columbia-Greene Community College Foundation, 444 Route 23, Hudson 12534.

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