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John B. Elkan
  • Schoharie County Office of the Aging
    113 Park Place
    Schoharie, NY 12157
  • Cobleskill United Methodist Church Food Pantry
    107 Chapel St.
    Suite 1
    Cobleskill, NY 12043

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“Joann and family I am sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed working with John and we had some memorable time in the Amsterdam area on our farm...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Erich Smith - Latham, NY

“It was with great sadness that I learned of John's passing. I hope the fond and loving memories you share with each other help you through this...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Beckie Guernsey Lacroix - Friend

“To thr Elkan family, I met John when he delivered meals. A sweet, caring, more gentle man I have never known. What a wonderful human being! ...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Margie Stanton - Jefferspm, NY

“Mike and Maryanne, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I got to know John when he worked at Schoharie ARC, and he was always smiling, always friendly....Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Patricia Bowen Llewellyn - Cocoa, FL

“I was so very sorry to hear of Johns passing. He was such a wonderful sweet man. I had the pleasure of working with him for 10 plus years and his...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Becky Vroman - Charlotteville, NY

“Sorry to hear of John's passing. He was a Farm Representative for National Commercial Bank (KeyBank) when I arrived in Oneonta in the early 70s as...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Phil Arony - Charlton, NY

“Our deepest condolences to the Elkan family. John was a fine man, and we hope many wonderful memories will sustain you during this difficult time. ”
7 of 14 | Posted by: Anita Lippman Armstrong - FL

“I worked with John for many years at National Commercial/Key Bank. He was a very competent banker and a fine individual. I am sorry to hear of his...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Sidney Richter - Hudson, NY

“To the Elkan Family, I am sadened at the news of John's...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Ellen Tillapaugh Bogardus - NY

“I'm so sorry to hear of John's passing, he was the kindest gentleman that anyone could have ever known, I worked with him at Office for the Aging. He...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Crystal McCance - Cobleskill, NY

“Joanne and family, I was deeply saddened to learn of John's passing. John was truly an honorable man with a gentle spirit; and I am very proud to...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Kathy Davis - Cobleskill, NY

“Joanne, Carol, Mike & the rest of the Elkan family: So sorry to hear of you husband/Dad/Grandfather's passing, my thoughts anf prayers are with all...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Kay Thorington - Rogersville, TN

“My children Sean Mahoney, Jennifer Mahoney Dennie, Sarah Phillips and I are very sorry to hear of John's passing. He was a good, kind, friendly and...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Kathy Phillips - Cobleskill, NY

“We are very sorry to hear of tour loss. May you find peace in your many memories. Randy and April Johnson ”
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John B. Elkan, 86, of Cobleskill, passed on November 20, 2013 at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown. Born in Dusseldorf, Germany, his family moved to Vineland, NJ when John was 13.

He graduated from Vineland HS and served in the Army as a Paratrooper from 1945 to 1946. He earned his degree in Animal Husbandry from the Long Island Agriculture and Technology Institute (now SUNY College) in Farmingdale, NY.

In 1949, he married Joanne Gilmore in Westtown, PA. Their children, Carol, Michael, David and Joel, were born in Cobleskill while the family resided in Seward. He was a resident and promoter of Schoharie County since 1956, after moving from his family's farm in Fly Creek, near Cooperstown.

First a dairyman and area sales manager for the American Breeders Service, John was hired in 1967 by the National Commercial Bank and Trust Company ("The Bank"), as a Farm Representative and became Vice President and Branch Manager during 23 years and an acquisition by Key Bank, NA. John retired in 1990.

John's volunteer service was varied and committed, among them: participation with several Cobleskill and Schoharie County community development initiatives; Big Brothers/Big Sisters; Rotary Club; Schoharie County Music Festival; Iroquois Indian Museum; Literacy Volunteers; Schoharie County ARC; Meals on Wheels; Office for the Aging; Cobleskill United Methodist Church Food Pantry; board membership for SUNY Cobleskill and the Cobleskill Regional Hospital. John was the first recipient of the TJ Star award in 1993.

He is survived by his wife Joanne, whom he married on March 12, 1949; daughter: Carol (husband Ron, daughter Brandy, sons David and Randy) Ripple of St. Petersburg, FL ; three sons: Michael (wife Maryanne, son Daniel and daughter Katie) of East Amherst, NY, David (wife Karen, sons Christopher and Scott, daughter Nicole) of Kingston, NY and Joel Elkan of Albany, NY; brother: Paul (sons Paul, Alex and Peter, daughter Natalie) of Cooperstown, NY; sister-in-law: Deborah (daughters Dina and Judy) of New York, NY; and 7 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 30th at the Cobleskill Methodist Church on 107 Chapel St at 2:00 pm, followed by a reception at the Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the following organizations in John's memory:

Schoharie County Office for the Aging; Food Pantry at the Cobleskill United Methodist Church; Cobleskill Regional Hospital.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, Cobleskill and Palmer & Shaylor Funeral Home, Middleburgh.