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  • Varnum N. Casler

  • Varnum N. Casler died on June 8, 2012, at Palatine Nursing Home in Palatine Bridge.

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  • Varnum N. Casler died on June 8, 2012, at Palatine Nursing Home in Palatine Bridge.
    Born in March 1921, the son of late VarnumCasler and Hazel CronkhiteCasler, he was predeceased by brothers Gerald and Warren. Survivors include his beloved wife of over 70 years, Evelyn Casler, of Canajoharie; sons, Michael (Adrienne), of Niskayuna, and John (Shirley), of Gloversville; 6 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
    He was a graduate of Owen D. Young School in Van Hornesville (1938) and the Utica School of Commerce (1939). Varnum owned and operated Casler Brothers dairy and crop farm with brother, Warren, for over 30 years, and was also a local sales representative for Hoffman-Funk Seed Co. Active in government and community affairs, Varnum served as councilman for the town of Minden and was the chair of the Montgomery County Soil and Water Conservation District for 20 years. He served on the advisory board of the Fort Plain branch of State Bank of Albany (Fleet Bank) and on the board of Northeast Dairyman’s Cooperative. He was a member of Montgomery County Farm Bureau, Extension Service, Fort Plain Community Club and Otsquago Grange No. 1283. He was a charter member of B.P.O.E. Lodge No. 2621 and was Elk of the Year 1983 - 1984. He was an active member of the Fort Plain and Canajoharie Senior Citizens and a long-time communicant at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fort Plain.
    Varnum cared deeply about his family and his community. He was known for his tireless service and his sharp sense of humor. He will be missed by all who knew him.
    Varnum’s family wishes to thank the staff of Palatine Nursing Home and Mountain Valley Hospice for the wonderful care he received during his last days.
    A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 14, at St. John’s-St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 143 Church St., Canajoharie.
    Memorial contributions may be given in Varnum’s memory to American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231, or Montgomery County Office for the Aging, Inc., 135 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam, NY 12010.
    To light a candle or send condolences visit www.ottmanfuneralhome.com.
    Arrangements were entrusted to the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley.