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Vernon Keesler

MILLERTON — Vernon Keesler, 91, a 10-year resident of Hudson, N.Y., and former resident of Millerton, for more than 67 years, died peacefully on July 21, 2019, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson. 

Mr. Keesler worked as a truck driver for18 years and also worked for the Town of North East Highway Department for 20 years, retiring on Jan. 5, 1990.

Born Oct. 1, 1927, in Barrytown, N.Y., he was the son of the late Marguerite (A’Barail) and Alva B. Keesler. 

He graduated in 1945 from Pine Plains High School and served his country in the United States Army Signal Corps from 1951 until his honorable discharge in 1953. 

Vernon married Louise Canavari on Oct. 8, 1966, in Copake, N.Y. Mrs. Keesler died Feb. 10, 1998.

Mr. Keesler was a life member of the Millerton Fire Company and the Millerton American Legion Post 178. He served four years on the Village of Millerton Board of Appeals and enjoyed hunting and fishing in his spare time. 

Mr. Keesler is survived by his son, Michael Keesler of Hudson; his longtime loving companion, Marion Leffingwell; five grandchildren; a brother, Alva  Keesler of Tuscon, Ariz.; two stepdaughters; and  several nieces and nephews. 

He was predeceased by a sister, Wanda Roberts of Amenia.

Graveside services and burial with standard military honors will take place at Irondale Cemetery in Millerton at noon on Friday, July 26, the Rev. William Mayhew officiating. 

Arrangements are under the direction of the Scott D. Conklin Funeral Home in Millerton. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Millerton Fire Company, P.O. Box 733, Millerton, NY 12546; or Millerton American Legion Post 178, 155 Route 44, Millerton, NY 12546. 

To send an online condolence, go to www.conklinfuneralhome.com.