Francis L. ‘John’ Stanton
EDMESTON _ Francis L. “John” Stanton, 95, died peacefully at Otsego Manor on Feb. 11, 2013, with his family by his side.
John was born Aug. 5, 1917, in Plainfield, to Lysle A. and May G. (Schwab) Stanton.
He married Martha C. Morris on June 25, 1942, at the Second Baptist Church in Edmeston. She predeceased him on Dec. 26, 2001.
He attended Leonardsville High School until his family moved to Edmeston when he was 16.
John worked for the Borden Farm in Pittsfield and helped his father on his farm.
In the later year of 1942, John and Martha purchased their first business: “Their own Farm.” John was a lifetime farmer in the town of Edmeston. He shipped milk, first to the Sheffied Plant, then to “Sealtest” and for a long time with the Eastern Milk Producers Association; followed in later years by Elmhearst Dairy.
In December of 1978, John and Martha dispersed their dairy herd of Registered Holsteins. They learned later that it was the second highest average sale that year in New York State. In 1982, John and Martha sold their entire business to John and Christine Stanton; who operates it under “StanHome Farm.” Retirement was good for John and Martha with winters in Florida and working the farm fields with his son, John, when he returned home to Edmeston.
John had many good times hunting with his companion, Butch, his English Pointer Bird Dog.
John was a member of Agway Inc., a 35-year member of the NY Holstein Association, Inc., the O-H-M County Holstein Club, and a long time member of the Farm Bureau.
His son, Richard F. Stanton and wife Alexa; his daughter, Joanne M. Williams and husband Richard; his daughter, Donna Stanton and companion Pamela Phillips; his daughter, Connie Lidell and her husband, Tim; and his son, John E. Stanton and his wife, Christine; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins survive John.
John was predeceased by his wonderful wife, Martha; his granddaughter, Michelle Stanton; and his sisters, Lillian Abrams and Margaret Spooner.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at the Second Baptist Church, Edmeston, with Pastor Ray Merritt officiating.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston. Interment will be in Edmeston Union Cemetery.
Contributions may be made in John’s memory to the Edmeston Emergency Squad, envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
The family extends special thanks to the caring staff at Serenity Place of Otsego Manor and Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care.
Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home and condolences to the family may be left at the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home website www.hjtfuneralhome.com.