Charles D. DeCarr Jr.
SCHUYLER LAKE — Charles Dennis DeCarr Jr., TSgt. U.S. Air Force (ret.), a former resident of the Schuyler Lake area who more recently resided at the New York State Veterans Home at Oxford, died Saturday morning, Sept. 28, 2013, at UHS Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City. A veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, he was 80.
Born Dec. 26, 1932, in Richfield Springs, Charlie was a son of Charles Dennis DeCarr and Louise (Monroe) DeCarr. He first lived in Toddsville where he attended school until the family moved to Schuyler Lake. He attended grade school there until going to Richfield Springs Central School.
On Aug. 27, 1951, Charlie enlisted in the United States Air Force and began what would become a 19-year career in the armed forces. He served in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and, as a radar technician, was part of the 13th Communications Construction Squadron. He was stationed in many places throughout the world, including Germany, Italy and Iceland. Toward the end of his Air Force career, he was stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska and received his Honorable Discharge at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii, having attained the rank of Technical Sergeant.
Upon his return to New York State, Charlie worked for a time in a glove factory in Amsterdam.
Always a devoted veteran, he was a life member of the Clark F. Simmons American Legion Post No. 579 in Cooperstown.
Charlie is survived by his four children, Cheryl, Cindy, Charles and Randy; as well as his brother, Chester DeCarr and his wife, Jane Temple. He is further survived by nieces and nephews, including Chet DeCarr and Regina, Cheryl and Jim Foote, Cindy Paramore and family, Cathleen DeCarr and Christopher DeCarr.
He was predeceased by his companion, Lera A. Russell — another long-time Schuyler Lake resident — who died Feb. 1, 2010; and by his son, David DeCarr, who died in 2008.
Military Honors for TSgt. DeCarr will be offered at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in the Schuyler Lake Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the United States Air Force Base Honor Guard from the Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia and by members of the Clark F. Simmons American Legion Post No. 579 in Cooperstown.
Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.