Frank E. Staples
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Hyde Park - Frank Earl Staples, a longtime resident of Hyde Park and recent resident of Hudson Valley Senior Residence in Kingston, passed away Saturday morning, June 21, 2014, at the Health Alliance Broadway Hospital, Kingston. Frank was born on May 30, 1916 in Newburgh, N.Y., son of Earl and Lottie Staples.
Frank is a decorated, purple-heart veteran of World War II and married the former Gladys Longlaw of Newburgh one day before Pearl Harbor. Their close and loving relationship survived the war years, and Gladys was first and foremost in Frank's heart throughout the years of building a family, enjoying retirement and managing the demands of aging. Although Frank loved making clocks, he was employed at IBM most of his life. At age 98, he had lived long enough to have more years as a retiree than as an employee. Frank and Gladys were founding members of the Hyde Park Baptist Church. Frank will be deeply missed and be remembered for his strong and loving heart, his positive and determined outlook, and enthusiastic enjoyment of his family, grandchildren and friends.
Frank is predeceased by Gladys who died on October 1, 2011, his sister, Estelle German, of New Windsor, and brother, Carl Staples, of Newburgh.
Frank is survived by his son, Peter L. Staples, and wife, Linda, of Saugerties; and his daughter, Susan Staples, and husband, Mac White, of Stone Ridge. Survivors also include his grandchildren, Anna White of Brooklyn, Jay White of Stone Ridge, and Todd Liardo of Catskill; as well as niece, Bonnie Morehead, of Newburgh; nephew, Rev. Peter Pendell, of Basking Ridge, N.J.; and niece and close friend, Georgie Bossley, of New Windsor.
A period of visitation will take place from 10 to 11 am, Thursday, June 26th at the Hyde Park Baptist Church, 10 Romans Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538.
Funeral services will follow at 11 am at the church. Rev. Peter Pendell will officiate.
Burial with military honors will follow in the family plot in Union Cemetery of Hyde Park.
In lieu of flowers or other gifts, donations in Frank's name may be made to the Hyde Park Baptist Church, 10 Romans Rd., Hyde Park, NY 12538.
Arrangements are by Sweets Funeral Home, Inc., Rte. 9, Hyde Park. To send a personal condolence or for directions please visit www.sweetsfuneralhome.com.
Sweet's Funeral Home
4365 Albany Post Road Hyde Park, NY 12538
Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on June 24, 2014