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September 24, 2013

Ralph K. Eastwood Jr.

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RICHFIELD SPRINGS — Ralph K. Eastwood Jr., 79, of U.S. Highway 20, passed away peacefully on Saturday evening, Sept. 22, 2013, at Valley Health Services Inc., Herkimer.

He was born on June 7, 1934, in Mohawk, son of the late Ralph K. Sr. and Dorothy Haggerty Eastwood. A lifelong Richfield Springs resident; he was a graduate of Richfield Springs High School. On Aug. 25, 1962, he was united in marriage with the former Susan Dingman in Salt Springville.

For 15 years, Mr. Eastwood was a self-employed dairy farmer. He later went to work for the Remington Arms Company in Ilion as a tester. He retired in 1994 after 26 years of dedicated service.

To all who knew Ralph, he loved fishing, camping, boating, reading Western novels and rescuing stray cats and dogs. He liked having family and friends around who were sometimes surprised by his quiet sense of humor. Ralph will always be remembered by his friends for his many different collections. He will be greatly missed.

Surviving are his devoted wife of 51 years, Susan; one brother, Charley Eastwood and his wife, Deborah of Syracuse; two nieces, Leisa B. Sweet of Phelps, Monica L. Thomas of Penn Yan; and several cousins.

A graveside funeral service will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Dutch Reformed Church Cemetery, town of Columbia. The Rev. Alan Miller will officiate.

Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to Richfield Springs Emergency Rescue Squad or Dutch Reformed Cemetery Maintenance Fund, c/o Jeff Shaw, Jordanville Road; Richfield Springs, NY 13439.

Funeral arrangements are with J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, Richfield Springs.

Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.