Pelcher, William MASSENA William Pelcher, 80, of Massena passed away surrounded by family members on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. Born in Troy, he was the son of the late William and Mary (Bator) Pelcher and the husband of Barbara (Nicsevic) Pelcher. Bill proudly served our country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. After his military service, he attended and graduated from Hudson Valley Community College and subsequently worked for the Federal Aviation Administration at the Massena Airport. He retired after many years of service as an electronics technician. Even after his retirement, he maintained an interest in work-related activities, like electronics, computer technology, and meteorology. Bill had multiple talents and interests, too many to mention all of them here. He was an enthusiastic golfer and belonged to the Cedar View Golf Course in Massena where he made many friends. He had a life-long interest in photography, and when his children were young, he loved making home movies. He enjoyed working in and around the house, making repairs, doing home improvements, gardening, and landscaping. He was a good teacher and mentor; he loved helping others and sharing his knowledge. He was funny and liked to make people laugh. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Lisa Pelcher and Kim Pelcher; two sisters, Mildred Brewer of Atlanta and Mary Ann Hipwell of Wynantskill; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, John Pelcher. The family would like to express sincere thanks to Barbara and Rene Hart of Massena for all of their care and loving attention. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, January 30, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Wm. Leahy Funeral Home, 336 Third St., Troy. Funeral procession will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday from the funeral home to St. Joseph's Church, 416 Third St., Troy, where at 9:30 a.m., a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Troy. Family and friends are cordially invited. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill's memory may be made to the ARC of Rensselaer County, Development Office, 79 102nd St., Troy, NY 12180 or to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.
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Published in Albany Times Union on Jan. 28, 2014