OBITUARIES: Almstead, Lang, Pitcher, Pulver

Robert D. Almstead (1934 – 2016)

GREENPORT—Robert D. Almstead, 82, of Greenport died peacefully Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Born February 9, 1934 in Greenport, he was the son of the late Kenneth L. and Pearl (Hawver) Almstead.

He attended Greenport Elementary Schools and graduated from Hudson High School in 1951. Upon graduation he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served four years active duty from 1952 to 1956, and four years reserve time achieving the rank of staff sergeant. An honorable discharge was issued in 1960.

He was a 35-year member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Union participating in many local construction projects through the years. He went on to become superintendent for Erdman Associates, building professional medical buildings throughout the East Coast. In 1978 he went to work for the New York State Division for Youth at the Brookwood Secure Center as a youth division aide and taught young men basic hands on construction and horticulture skills achieving a vocational specialist grade before retirement in 1992.

Mr. Almstead was a councilman on the Stockport Town Board for seven years and a life-member of the Stockport Fire Company. He also was a life-member of the Federation of Polish Sportsmen Club, joining the club in 1957, past president of the Greenport Republican Club, member of the American Legion Post 184 and the Cooperative Extension. He was also on the Greenport Board of Assessment Review for many years, and an activist in his community to promote the well being of the taxpayers. He also enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid hunter.

Mr. Almstead is survived by: his beloved wife of 61 years, Barbara (Rote) Almstead; three daughters, Debra M. VanAmburgh (Ty) of Saugerties, Jennifer Sullivan (Steven) of Greenport and Roberta D. Murell (Joe) of Greenport; his sister, Lavinia Fletcher of Livingston; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by: his sister, Alice Decker and three brothers, Kenneth, Martin and Edward Almstead.

Calling hours are Friday, March 18, 4 to 8 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Services will be conducted Saturday, March 19, 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Rural Cemetery in Greenport.

Donations may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

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Frederick Lang (1938 – 2016)

ALBANY—Frederick T. Lang, 78, of Germantown died Thursday, March 17, 2016 at Albany Medical Center.

Born January 9, 1938 in Urbau, Czechoslovakia, he was the son of the late Thomas and Josephine (Vogel) Lang.

Mr. Lang retired after owning and operating his own dairy farm in Clermont for many years. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served from 1960 to 1963 and was a 40+ year member of the Clermont Fire Company. He had served as superintendent of highways for the Town of Clermont as well as its tax collector and town assessor.

He is survived by: his wife of 54 years, Inge (Mohr) Lang; two sons, Michael (Karen) of Saugerties and Thomas (Lynn) of PA; one daughter, Monika (Robbie) Disher of Clermont; a brother, Helmut Wagner of Germany; two sisters, Marie Richter and Alfreda Frey, both of Germany; grandchildren, Donald Beckwith, Chelsea Disher, Amanda Lang, Tommy Lang, Ryan Disher and a dear friend, Betti Lucas.

There are no calling hours. Services will be convenience of the family at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown.

Burial will follow in the Reformed Church Cemetery in Germantown. Condolences may be expressed at

William B. Pitcher (1919 – 2016)

GHENT—William B. Pitcher of Chatham died Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at the Whittier Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center with family by his side. He was 96 years old.

He was born William Burling Pitcher, II, named for his grandfather, in East Chatham August 16, 1919 to Stephen and Esther Pitcher.

He graduated from the East Chatham School and the agricultural and technical college now known as SUNY Cobleskill.

He married Ruth Laurel Lines of Granby, MA, in 1942, took her for a honeymoon in Philadelphia, and departed three weeks later for a three-year tour with the United States Army in England, North Africa and Italy. He was discharged October 24, 1945 as a staff sergeant from the 751st Chemical Depot Co.

When he returned, he built the family home at Hillcrest Orchard on Frisbee Street while raising their children: Beth (Daniel) of the Philippines, William (Peggy) of Gloversville, James (Christina) of Ghent and Robert (Lynette) of Spencertown.

A natural mechanic, engineer and tinkerer, he first repaired farm machinery for William Cone, Inc., before opening Pitcher’s Farm Machinery Repair and Welding on Route 66 in Chatham. He spent decades serving the Columbia County farming community, often accepting payment in eggs, meat and favors.

While raising his family, he was active in the East Chatham Methodist Church and served on the Chatham Central School Board of Education. He is a past president of the East Chatham Fire Company. He enjoyed his annual family vacation to Raquette Lake, swapping stories with veterans, cheering on his youngest sons at Lebanon Valley Speedway, and eating tomatoes and asparagus straight from his garden. In his later years, he appreciated trips down memory lane and opportunities to banter with the nurses and other staff at Whittier.

In addition to his wife and children, he leaves a legacy of 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, with two more on the way, and many nieces, nephews and other loved family members. He was predeceased by a brother, Calvin, who died in 2012 at age 91.

A viewing will be held Saturday, March 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham. A funeral service will be held April 2, 11 a.m. at the Bible Baptist Church, 1323 County Route 21, Ghent, led by his son, Reverend William, pastor of First Baptist Church in Amsterdam.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Chatham Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 352, Chatham 12037. Condolences may be conveyed at

George A. Pulver, Jr. (1958 – 2016)

George A. Pulver, Jr., passed away March 17, 2016.

He was born October 30, 1958 in Hudson.

He was predeceased by his father, George A. Pulver, Sr.; sisters, Darlene and Darla Jean; brother, Danny; aunts and uncles.

Mr. Pulver leaves behind his wife, Adeline; son, Thomas J.; step-son, Kevin Swanson; step-daughter, Bridget Hammond; mother, Gail (Paul) Koch; grandchildren, Destiny, Alexander, Jasmine and Scarlett Pulver, Ricky, Daniel and Carolyn Hammond, Aiden and Taylor Swanson; sister, Debra Pulver; brothers, Chester and Timothy Pulver.

There will be no calling hours. The family will have a service at a later date. Arrangements are with the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham. Convey condolences at

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