Field, Gary David
Gary David Field, age 63, a longtime resident of Pine City, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at his home. Gary was born in Elmira, January 16, 1950, the middle son of the late Gerald DeRuyter and Frances (Dunn) Field. He proudly and bravely served in the US Army during the Vietnam War, for which he was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor. Gary graduated from Southside High School in 1968 and subsequently earned a degree in Environmental Science from Elmira College. Formerly a Director of Camp Seneca and Executive Director of the Sullivan Trail Council BSA, Gary retired as a Lieutenant from the NYSDOCS, after working at both the Elmira and Southport facilities. Additionally, after 30 years of dedicated service, Gary retired from the Army Reserves as a SFC. He will be remembered for his open-heartedness and sense of humor, his charisma and humility, his silent leadership, his love of friends and family, and his fondness for all things outdoors, including fishing, golfing and camping. Surviving Gary is his wife, Deborah Vosburgh Field. Together, they would have shared 39 years of marriage on June 8. He leaves behind six children, CPT Garrett DeRuyter (Jada) Field of Kindsbach, Germany; Brian (Stacey) Field of Clemmons, NC; Shawn (Melissa) Field of Elmira; Tracy (Alex) Ludwig of Sahuarita, AZ; Kelly Field (H.R. Domineske) of Elmira; and David Field of Elmira; nine grandchildren: Alexis, Andrew, Lynell, Abbigail, Aimee, Jonah, Greyson DeRuyter, Sophie, Aubree, and one on the way; brother, Gregory DeRuyter Field of Elmira; along with several nieces and one nephew. In addition to his parents, Gary is predeceased by his brother, Gavin Field. A celebration of Gary's life will be held privately and entrusted to Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. Interment at Woodlawn National Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Friends may pay their respects at 3PM on Thursday, June 13, at "The Wall" at Woodlawn National Cemetery. "At the first sight of storm, we sail!" Guestbook may be signed at www.olthof.com.
Published in Star-Gazette from June 12 to June 13, 2013