OBITUARIES: Fox, Butcher, Oakes

Arthur J. Fox, Jr. (1923 – 2016)

ROCKVILLE, MD—Arthur J. Fox, Jr., a 1940 graduate of Roeliff Jansen Central School, died May 11, 2016 in Rockville, Maryland at the age of 92.

Mr. Fox, who was the son of the late Mary and Arthur Fox of Copake Falls, is survived by his sister Carolyn Barton, formerly of Ancramdale and now residing at Geer Village in Canaan, CT. Mr. Fox died on the fifth anniversary of the death of his sister, Elinor Mettler of Copake Falls.

Mr. Fox served in the United States Army during World War II and was stationed in Europe. Upon his return home, he received his BS in civil engineering from Manhattan College in New York City in 1947. The college awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1982, and he remained an active alumnus.

Mr. Fox was editor-in-chief of Engineering News Record for nearly 25 years. He also served as the president of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Mr. Fox is survived by: his daughter, Jane Fox of Wilmington, North Carolina, as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, John.

Mr. Fox maintained a love of Copake Falls and Roeliff Jansen for all of his life. In his senior year at Roe Jan, when the rest of his family went back to live on Long Island, he lived at the Taconic Inn for the year in order to graduate with his class.

In the last days of his life he told his niece, Jo Ann Mettler Bosnick that he hoped his former classmates might know of his passing.

Locally, Mr. Fox is survived by his nephews, Richard Barton of Copake Falls, Robert Barton and Walter Barton of Ancramdale, and Gerald Barton of Copake, and his nieces, Elizabeth Barton Podris of Ancramdale, Jeanne Mettler of Copake and Margaret Mettler Wormley of Hillsdale, as well as many great-nieces and nephews.

Shawn M. Butcher (1987 – 2016)

ALBANY—Shawn M. Butcher, 29, of Valatie died Friday, July 8, 2016 at Albany Medical Center.

Born January 31, 1987 in Albany, he was the son of Nancy (Butcher) Pleickhardt and stepson of Jon Pleickhardt of Howes Cave.

He loved playing the guitar and was an avid video-gamer. He enjoyed longboarding, hacky sack and the company of his friends.

Besides his mother and stepfather, he is survived by his grandfather and best friend, Paul Butcher of Valatie; aunts and uncles, Bill, Tom and Susan; his godmother, Margie Butcher and several cousins. He was predeceased by his beloved grandmother, Margaret “Peggy” Butcher.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, July 13, 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, Route 9, Valatie, with the Reverend George Fleming officiating. Burial will follow in St. John the Baptist Cemetery. Calling hours will be Tuesday, July 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Jean Oakes (1947 – 2016)

ALBANY—Jean McNamee Ford Oakes of Chatham died June 29, 2016.

She was the wife of the late John; mother of Heather; stepmother of Theresa, John, Micheline and the late Antoinette; grandmother of Jack, Gillian, Jeanie, Michael and Leia; sister of Joseph and Katharine; aunt of Ronald and Joseph; godmother of Ronald, Joseph, Jason, Christopher, Katina and Jeanie; teacher of many; cousin and friend to many more.

On June 29, she slipped quietly from this earth into her final rest.

She had many accomplishments in her life, including teaching elementary school, Sunday school and being a Girl Scout leader. She often volunteered and loved helping those around her. She was a lifelong Roman Catholic who also enjoyed singing in the choir. She will be missed.

Arrangements were with the W.J. Lyons, Jr., Funeral Home, Inc., 1700 Washington Avenue, Rensselaer.

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