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Kiernan, Kristopher Lee (Memoriam) - Saugerties  
In Loving Memory of Kristopher Lee Kiernan who passed away on May 21, 2015.
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Published in www.dailyfreeman.com from May 21 to May 28, 2016
Kuehn, Rev. Clarence Theodore (Memoriam) - Kingston  
In Loving Memory of Rev. Clarence Theodore Kuehn who passed away on May 22, 2015.
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Published in www.dailyfreeman.com from May 22 to May 29, 2016

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Kocis, Carol E. (Memoriam) - Saugerties  
In Loving Memory of Carol E. Kocis who passed away on May 16, 2015.
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Published in www.dailyfreeman.com from May 16 to May 23, 2016
Kovacs, Damein* - Shokan  
Damein “Kovacs” J. Kovacs SHOKAN- Damein “Kovacs” J. Kovacs, 16, of Shokan, died tragically Wednesday, May 18, 2016 as the result of an auto accident on Route 28, Shokan. Damein was a sophomore at Onteora High School, an all round athlete, he started playing football in the Rondout Valley School district before moving to Shokan. He played for the area youth football leagues, then after Onteora stopped their football program, he played for Kingston High School football. At Onteora High he was on the wrestling and baseball teams. He was country and genuine, sometimes a little too forthright, he loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing and logging. He was extremely patriotic, loved the flag and had a great sense of humor. Always helpful he would give you the shirt off his back. He wanted to pursue a career in logging, and had planned on attending Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks. He was a hard worker, never doing things half way, he was employed by Fine Line Landscaping & Snowplowing, and this summer he was going to work there full time. A true blue boy, he loved his truck, auto mechanics, things that moved, but he still knew how to give a hug and say “I love you.” His favorite saying was “I may not be here for a long time, but here for a good time”. His teachers often referred to him as an “old soul” wise beyond his years. Damein was born Sept. 26, 1999 in Kingston, and is survived by his loving family, his mother Danyelle Greco Kovacs of Shokan, his father Timothy Dolan of Kingston, his sister Taevin C. Dolan at home, his stepdad Luke Pustilnik of Shokan, grandparents Diana M. Kovacs and Wayne Greco of Cottekill and Tammy and Tom Dolan of West Hurley. His best friend, who was like a brother, Tanner Evans of West Hurley. His aunt Amanda “Aunt Damanda” Kovacs and her husband Craig Benjamin of Lanesville, his uncles Devin Ostrander and his fiancé Sarah of Haines Falls, TJ Dolan of Jacksonville, Fla. and Todd Dolan of West Hurley and many cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his grandmother Carol Kovac-Ostrander. Entrusted to the care of the Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service, 326 Albany Avenue, Kingston, the family will receive their friends on Tuesday from 2 to 8 p.m. The Celebration of Damein’s life will be at the St. James United Methodist Church, corner of Pearl & Fair St., Kingston on Wednesday at 12 noon. The Rev. Arlene Dawber will officiate. Burial in Hurley Cemetery The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Wildlife Conservation Society www.wcs.org , 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx, N.Y. 10460 Please leave a condolence for the family at Damein at www.KeyserCarr.com .
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Published in the Daily Freeman on May 22, 2016
Krom, Gilbert A.* - Port Ewen  
Gilbert A. Krom PORT EWEN- Gilbert A. Krom a life time Ulster County resident died Thursday, May 19, 2016. He was 85. He graduated from Kingston High School in 1948 and worked at Krom’ s Radio and Television until being drafted in the Army. He served on active duty in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1973, retiring as a Lt. Colonel. He graduated from OCS at Fort Sill, the Associate Field Artillery Career Course, the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a Bachelor of General Education, and the USA Command and General Staff College. He served in Korea, two tours in Germany and in Vietnam. Colonel Krom was awarded the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, ROK Presidential Unit Citation, VN Cross of Gallantry w/palm (twice) and the VN Civil Actions Medal 1st Class w/oak leaf device (twice). He also has received the Korean Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal ( 5 campaign stars), Reserved Forces Service Medal with Hour Glass (20 years service), United Nations Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Republic of Korea War Service Medal. In addition, he has received the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross (4 Awards) and the New York State Conspicuous Service Star (2 awards). After he retired from the military, he went to work for The Handel Group, Inc., in Poughkeepsie as Director of Service and Administration. During his work there he picked up State of New York Insurance Department license’s as Independent Adjuster for Accident and Health, a Broker’s License, and an Agent’s license for Life insurance. He obtained a NYS Notary Public Commission, He also received an Associate Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Accounting and received a certificate of completion in the abbreviated correspondence course of actuarial calculations for pension plans from the Eastern Pension Association, Inc. He retired from the Handel Group December 1990 and has been busy with volunteer type work since. He is a member of the Reformed Church of Port Ewen where is served as Elder and deacon on the consistory. He taught the adult Sunday School. He has been known to preach on occasions when the pastor is away. He was the financial advisor for the church coordinating the annual church budget. He is a life member of The Holland Society of New York having a direct male line to a Dutch ancestor arriving in New Netherlands in 1662. He is a member of the Columbia-Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter, Empire State Society, of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. He is a life member of the Klyne Esopus Historical Society and a past vice president and trustee. He is a member of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program and AARP and volunteers as a Tax Counselor for the Elderly. He is past president and member emeritus of the Mid-Hudson Chapter, Institute of Management Accountants (formerly the National Association of Accountants). A life member of the Reserve Officers Association, Past Department Vice President, Region VII Vice President, Ulster County Chapter President, Dutchess County Chapter President and is currently the Ulster County Chapter Secretary-Treasurer. He is a life member of the Military Officers Association of America (formerly The Retired Officers Association), past President of the Mid-Hudson Chapter and currently the Secretary (second time) and Treasurer. A life member of the American Legion, Past Department Vice Commander, Past Third District Commander, Past Ulster County Commander, Past Town of Esopus Post 1298 Commander and currently Third District Judge Advocate and Post 1298 Finance Officer and Trustee. A life member of the VFW Kingston Post 1386. A life member Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter 60 in Kingston. A perpetual member of The Military Order of the World Wars. A life member of the Association of the United States Army. A member of the Loyal Order of Moose, formerly a member of the Kingston Lodge 970. Born Dec. 24, 1930, in Kingston, he was the son of the late Carlton F. and Dorothy Short Krom. Survivors include his sister Shirley M. Handel of Poughkeepsie and two nephews Robert D. Handel of Pittsburgh, PA and Evan B. Handel of Poughkeepsie. Arrangements are under the care of the Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home, 339 Broadway, Ulster Park. In following Gil's preplanned directions, there are no calling hours or funeral procession. A graveside service officiated by Pastor Kevin Slusher, followed by full military honors will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, May 23, 2016, at Fairview Cemetery, Fairview Cemetery Lane, Stone Ridge.To send a condolence or for cemetery directions, visit: www.GVVFH.com
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Published in Daily Freeman on May 21, 2016
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