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James H. Hanaburgh

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Rhinebeck - James H. Hanaburgh, 89, a lifelong resident of Rhinebeck, NY, passed away on Friday, November 23, 2012 at the Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck.

He was born on August 6, 1923 in Rhinebeck, NY, the son of Charles and Ethel (Bodley) Hanaburgh.

James attended Rhinebeck High School. He honorably served his country in the United States Army during WWII. During his time of service he was an escort for General Eisenhower.

On October 2, 1948 in Hyde Park, NY, he married Joan E. Wiley. She survives him at home.

He worked for IBM in security and emergency control for thirty four years. Prior to that he had been a butcher for Knaus Meat Packing in Poughkeepsie, NY and the Grand Union in Hyde Park, NY. James was also a former truck driver for Dutton's Lumber Company.

Mr. Hanaburgh served on Sheriff Quinlan's tactical squad in the 1960's. He then became a Deputy Sheriff; and later left the Sheriff's office to be a Sergeant with the Rhinebeck Police Department. In 1971, he ran for Town Justice.

Having lived all his life on what was the family farm, Mr. Hanaburgh has continued to farm his entire life. He also loved hunting, gardening, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren and his family.

James was a member of the Neighbors Gun Club, and the Dutchess County Chiefs of Police Association.

In addition to his loving wife Joan, he is survived by his children, Brian Hanaburgh and his wife Anita of Johnstown, NY; Kathy Hanaburgh and her partner Sophie of Garner, N.C.; Steve Hanaburgh and his wife Sarah of Red Hook, NY; and Phebe Hanaburgh-Leary and her husband Todd of Rhinebeck, NY; grandchildren, Brenda, Kelly, Sara, Todd-James, Josh, Garrett, Heather, Olivia and Hunter; great grandchildren, Nina, Isabella, Lucia, Felicia, Seth, Chloe and Gabriela. He is also survived by a brother, Orson Hanaburgh of Hyde Park, NY; a sister, Mildred Butler-Miller of Rhinebeck, NY; a sister, Esther Spencer of Hyde Park, NY; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by three brothers, Raymond, Hanford and Charles Hanaburgh, and two sisters, Minnie Newkirk and Christine Hanaburgh, and a half-sister, Mary Gerzalian.

Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 PM on Sunday, November 25, 2012 at the Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home, 51 W. Market St., Rhinebeck.

A Celebration of Life will be held Monday at 12 PM at the funeral home. Interment with military honors will follow at the Rhinebeck Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice, Inc., 374 Violet Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home, 51 W. Market St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572.

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Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from Nov. 25 to Nov. 29, 2012
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