Ralph H. Persons Jr. PINE HILL- Ralph H. Persons Jr. 89 of Pine Hill died Sunday evening at the Kingston Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Schenectady on March 9, 1924 son of the late Ralph and Clarida Hebert Persons Sr. Ralph served in the U.S. Army where he was an amphibious engineer, who landed at Utah Beach in Normandy France for the D-Day June 6 invasion. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre by French President Charles deGaulle, as well as the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. Ralph loved animals, as evidenced by the fact, that he smuggled home from Europe, and adopted a dog named ETO, named for the European Theater of Operations! He was a member of the Margaretville Post 216 American Legion, and the VFW Post. A resident of Schenectady, he was a salesman, and subsequently owner and operator of Do-Mor Office Furniture having been employed for almost 35 years. He was a parishioner and long-time usher at the St. Francis de Sales Church in Phoenicia, as well as being a 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. He had many hobbies which include: fly fishing, both flower and vegetable gardening, model railroading with the Margaretville RR Club, and appreciating the beauty of nature. Ralph was also a noted watercolor artist who studied under such well-known names as John Pike, and W.B. Romeling. Surviving are his wife whom he married Oct. 9, 1948 Sylvia Peters Persons, three sons: Michael of Sagandaga Lake, Matthew & Jacqueline Persons of Pine Hill, Mark & Cynthia Persons of Pine Hill, four daughters: Margaret Dee & Jack of Buffalo, Mary Persons-Arthur & Jacob of N.C., Marcia & Nick Mariani of Schenectady, and Michele & John Wooton of Pine Hill. Six grandchildren: Nicholas & Jared Persons, Sarah Bellows, Michael Hopkins, Solomon & Nathanial Arthur. nine great-grandchildren and two extended grandchildren also survive. His funeral procession will form on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at the E. B. Gormley Funeral Home 87 Main St. Phoenicia, thence to the St. Francis de Sales Church where at 12 noon a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered by Fr. Raphael Ianone. Friends will be received at the E. B. Gormley Funeral Home 87 Main St. Phoenicia on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until Mass. Military honors will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at the Gormley Funeral Home. You may share a condolence or light a memorial candle at Ralph Memorial Page at www.gormleyfuneralhome.com Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of the E. B. Gormley Funeral Home.
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Published in the Daily Freeman on Nov. 26, 2013