OBITUARIES: Hotaling, Whitbeck

Thomas R. Hotaling (1944 – 2015)

GHENT—Thomas R. Hotaling, 70, of Ghent passed away Saturday, February 21, 2015 at his residence.

Born in Hudson March 7, 1944, he was the son of the late Blanche and Samuel Hotaling, Sr.

He was also predeceased by a brother, Samuel, Jr.

Mr. Hotaling graduated from Hudson High School in 1962. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. Mr. Hotaling was a truck driver for KAZ, Inc., in Hudson. He also drove for Burlington Truck Company. He enjoyed going to car shows and loved his animals.

Surviving are: his sister, Jennie Hotaling; his brother, Sanford (Kathy) Hotaling; his uncle, Charles Proper; a niece, Shelly (Shaun) Stever; his nephew, Sanford J. (Hannah) Hotaling; a great-niece, Anastasia Hotaling and several cousins.

Visitation is Wednesday, February 25 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Services will follow at noon at the funeral home.

Burial will be in the West Taghkanic Cemetery in the spring.

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Luke Whitbeck (1968 – 2015)

VALATIE—Luke Whitbeck died peacefully at home in the loving care of the staff at Lake Street in Valatie, Saturday, February 21, 2015. He was 47 years old.

Mr. Whitbeck led a very full and happy life. He was enrolled in the first pre-school for handicapped children, The Happy Day School, in this area. In the Special Olympics, he excelled and won awards in swimming.

He attended Hudson High School. There he developed his love of football as ball boy for the team and traveled with them to games. The Hudson Boys Club became his second home. He loved watching wrestling, playing his CDs and socializing.

Leaving home to live in Germantown and work at the Coarc workshop in Mellenville, he experienced many years of friendships and wonderful mentors. He was well-known and loved in the community and will be dearly missed by all he touched.

Mr. Whitbeck was predeceased by his father, Harvey Whitbeck and his sister, Patrice.

He is survived by: his mother, Lenore; his brothers, Harvey, Stephen, Paul and John Whitbeck; his sisters, Jan Rhiner, Denise Whitbeck and Cynthia Hills; nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson, from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, February 26.

Contributions may be made to Coarc, P.O. Box 2, Mellenville 12544. Visit to leave condolences for the family.

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