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Obituaries

September 14, 2012

Robert L. Lawton

Robert L. Lawton

OXFORD _ Robert L. Lawton, 87, formerly of Oxford, passed away on Sept. 10, 2012, in Cortland.

He was born on Dec. 25, 1924, in Oxford, the son of the late William J. and Grace (Moore) Lawton. On May 3, 1953, he married the love of his life Betty (Hicks), who predeceased him on March 21, 2005.

He is survived by his children, Jim and April Lawton of Homer, Chuck and Ann Marie Lawton of Syracuse, David Lawton of Oxford, Carol and Dennis Fallon of Rural Retreat, Va., Dale and Susan Lawton of Norwich, and Jerry and Kim Lawton of Morris; his brother, William Lawton Jr. of Oxford; as well as 14 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Bob, as he was known to his friends and family, was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and husband.

He was hard working and truly loved the outdoors. Bob enjoyed a long career with the New York State Parks and Recreation Department as park manager for Gilbert Lake State Park in Laurens.

He always made time for his children and their interests, filling the role of pack leader for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, as well as coaching the Little League baseball team in Oxford.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Oxford, with the Rev. David Hanselman officiating. Interment will follow in Riverview Cemetery, Oxford.

Friends may call at the Behe Funeral Home, 21 Main St., in Oxford, from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 72, Oxford, NY 13830; the American Cancer Society, 57 Front St., Binghamton, NY 13905; National Parkinson Foundation, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741.

Memories and condolences may be shared by visiting www.behefuneralhome.com.

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