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CANISTEO - Richard D. "Dick" Updyke, 75, passed away Sunday (July 27, 2014), surrounded by family.
Mr. Updyke was born on Aug. 9, 1938, in Greenwood, to Waldo and Helen (Goodrich) Updyke. He was a 1957 graduate of Greenwood Central School and later served in the U.S. Army from 1961-63.
Richard was an upholsterer by trade and worked as a supervisor for Gunlocke in Almond for many years. After leaving Gunlocke, he owned/operated Canisteo Custom Upholstery in Canisteo and then partnered with Esther White at North Main Upholstery in Hornell. He continued his upholstery career with the Allegany ARC in Wellsville, retiring in 2007.
Dick is survived by the mother of his children, Josephine A. Updyke of Hornell; a daughter, Lisa Ann (Stephen) Harrick of Hornell; a son, David Duane Updyke of Hornell; a brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Joanne Updyke of Greenwood; four grandchildren, Andraya Bartlebaugh, Kathryn Harrick, Michael Harrick and Anna Updyke, all of Hornell; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Doris Ann Jackson, and a brother, Boyce Updyke.
Dick was an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoor sportsman. He bred, trained and hunted English Pointers for many years and enjoyed traveling out west to hunt. He was never without a dog during his adult years. He had a deep love of all animals and found his true calling after retirement when he became a licensed Class I NYS Wildlife Rehabilitator. He cared for and raised many different kinds of creatures in this role, but his heart lay with his beloved fawns. He was also a member of the Canisteo American Legion.
Per Dick's request, there will be no prior visitation. A graveside memorial service with full military honors will be held on Aug. 30, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Greenwood Cemetery in Greenwood, N.Y., with Rev. Don Maynard of the Canisteo Wesleyan Church officiating.
Arrangements are under the direction of Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover. Online condolences may be offered at
Memorial contributions in Richard's name may be made to Friends of Allegany Arc Foundation, 50 Farnum St, Wellsville, NY 14895.
Published in Hornell Evening Tribune on Aug. 3, 2014
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