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Stanley V. Towne
  • In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to:
  • United Methodist Church
    PO Box 508
    Middleburgh, NY 12122

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“Marlene, I am so sorry to hear of Stan's passing. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. ”
1 of 25 | Posted by: Mary Harmon - Middleburgh, NY

“Pat and I were very saddened to hear of the passing of Stan. Tuesday night at the bowling alley we were informed of Stan's' passing and gave a moment...Read More »
2 of 25 | Posted by: Patricia/George Duncan - Roseboom, NY

“Our love and prayers are with you and your family. May God continue to lighten your hearts and bring comfort to you each day. ”
3 of 25 | Posted by: rev. chuck and rosemarie cumella - NY

“We are so sorry to hear of Stans passing.... you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers..... let all those great years of being together be...Read More »
4 of 25 | Posted by: Shirley & Duncan Bellinger

“Very sorry to hear about the loss of Stan. He will be missed. My prayers go out to his wife and family. ”
5 of 25 | Posted by: gary hayes - NY

“Marlene and family, I am truly sorry for your loss. Phyllis Attanasio ”
6 of 25 | Posted by: Phyllis Attanasio - Schenectady, NY

“We are so sorry for your loss. We have fond memories of Stan and all that he did for the church. You are in our thoughts... The Boyles Family Jay,...Read More »
7 of 25 | Posted by: Janice Boyles

“To Marlene and all the Towne family,It makes me very sad to think of Stan's passing. I enjoyed knowing him as a loyal "Eastern Zoner" for the NYSRTA...Read More »
8 of 25 | Posted by: Jennifer Gardella - Amsterdam, NY

“We are very saddened to hear of Stan's passing. He was a great friend to my Mother, Tressa, and the Middleburgh United Methodist Church. He will be...Read More »
9 of 25 | Posted by: Mary McCabe - Middleburgh, NY

“Marlene and family, So sorry to hear for Stan's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
10 of 25 | Posted by: Larry and Betty Waymn - NY

“To the Towne family, We were very blessed to be a part of great man life's. He is truly going to be missed. Wishing the family Peace in their time...Read More »
11 of 25 | Posted by: Jay Diamond & Michelle Parks - NY

“Dear Marlene, I am so sorry to hear of Stan's passing. How many happy memories you must have of all your years together. I hope they...Read More »
12 of 25 | Posted by: Barbara Avgerinos - Schenectady, NY

“Marlene, We are very sad to hear about Stan, You are in our thoughts and prayers. Stan was a great horseshoe competitor and a true gentleman on and...Read More »
13 of 25 | Posted by: Dick & Chris Pike - Canton, NY

“Mrs. Towne, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May the good memories heal your sorrow. ”
14 of 25 | Posted by: Shelby "Murphy" Miller - Berne, NY

“Marlene, it's tough to find the right words to say at a time like this but what will live in my memory of Stan will be the fun we had on the...Read More »
15 of 25 | Posted by: Bev Buddle - Cobleskill, NY

“What a wonderful tribute to a great man! Josie and I spent much of yesterday with my Dad, Deidrich, Jr and Shirley talking about the Towne's in...Read More »
16 of 25 | Posted by: Deidrich Towne III, Cathy and Josie - NY

“Marlene, I was just visiting the co-operative wood carvers here and was thinking of Stan, I was so sorry to learn of his passing when I returned to...Read More »
17 of 25 | Posted by: Ken Jones - Mombasa, Kenya

“To the Towne Family, Our thoughts and prayers are coming your way. We are wishing for you to find peace in your many fond memories In Christian...Read More »
18 of 25 | Posted by: Ron and Trish Garber - VA

“You and your family will be in out thoughts and prayers. ”
19 of 25 | Posted by: Jamie "McKelvy" Lacko - Schoharie, NY

“My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sounds like he had a wonderful and interesting life. Uncle Don ”
20 of 25 | Posted by: Don Allen - Biloxi, MS

“Marlene, We are so sorry to hear about Stan's passing. You and your family have our deepest sincere sympathy at this difficult time. I have many...Read More »
21 of 25 | Posted by: Karen Graham & Ken Fraser - NY

“Marlene, Connie, Jack, Keri and families, I am saddened to hear of Stan's recent illness and passing. I have many fond, fun memories of him from my...Read More »
22 of 25 | Posted by: Charis (Haskin) Cummings - Wilton, NY

“•May the sorrow you feel in your heart lighten by the love that surrounds you and may you find comfort in your life at this time by seeking HIM. ”
23 of 25 | Posted by: Diana Rote Hasenfuss - Broadalbin, NY

“I am so fortunate to have had almost 31 years in this world with my wonderful grandfather. He was the perfect example of what a true gentleman...Read More »
24 of 25 | Posted by: Corie Rowe - Schenectady, NY

“Marlene, Connie, Jeff, Corrie, and family, We are saddened to hear of Stan's passing. He was a wonderful man who will be missed. We are keeping you...Read More »
25 of 25 | Posted by: Colleen and Michael Benton - NY


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Middleburgh- Stanley Vanden Towne, 84, of Middleburgh, NY, beloved husband of Marlene (King) for 57 years, passed away at home on Thursday January, 30, 2014 surrounded by his family. Stan was born on September 24, 1929 in Potsdam, NY, son of the late Deidrich and Connie (Vanden Bogard) Towne. He attended Potsdam Central School and graduated from SUNY Potsdam with a Bachelors and Masters in Education. Stan served as an educator and administrator in Northville, Broadalbin, Amsterdam, General Brown, Little Valley, Middleburgh, Draper and Schoharie, where he retired after 34 years. For many years Stan and his wife ran a roadside vegetable stand on Route 30 specializing in organic tomatoes and fresh-picked beets which came with a game of horseshoes.

Stan's life was filled with his passion for competition. He excelled at the game of horseshoes, winning nine New York State Championships. He medaled three times at the Senior Olympics. In 2006 he was honored to be elected to the NYS Horseshoe Pitchers Hall of Fame. He was a first-rate bowler who was still competing six weeks prior to his passing. He was elected to the Potsdam High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Summers often found him out on the golf course.

Stan enjoyed many creative outlets. He was known as, "King of the Whirlybirds," which to this day are flying all over the world. He was a talented woodworker and folk artist. The colorful signs he made announced many church events. After retirement, he and his wife traveled all over the world.

He served in the Strategic Air Command division of the Air Force from 1951 to 1955. He was a 50-year plus member of the American Legion. Stan was a member of the Middleburgh United Methodist Church for over 40 years and served as President of the Trustees for a number of years. He was County Director for the Schoharie County Retired Teachers Association and was active in the Eastern Zone, NYSTRA. He was the former Treasurer of The DAM Concerned Citizens.

Besides his loving wife Marlene, he leaves behind three children and six grandchildren: Connie and her husband Jeff Rauhauser of Scotia and their children Corie and Kristopher (Jennifer) Rowe, Jack and Jo Anne Towne of Wilton and their children Dolan and Liam, Keri and her husband Edward Greenaway of Coxsackie and their children John and Fallon. He is also survived by his brother Deidrich Towne and his wife Shirley and 8 nieces and nephews.

His family would especially like to thank the Catskill Area Hospice for their compassionate care during this difficult time.

Funeral Service will be on Monday February 3, at 11 AM at the United Methodist Church, 281 Main Street, Middleburgh, NY. Friends may call at Palmer and Shaylor Funeral Home, 134 River Street, Middleburgh, NY on Sunday February 2, from 2 to 5. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Middleburgh United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 508, Middleburgh, NY 12122.