Richard W. Gesner, of Castle Creek, NY, passed away peacefully at home after a short illness, surrounded by his loving family. He was 75.
Richard was born on September 22, 1947 in Suffern, NY to George E. Gesner and Dorothy E. Simpson Gesner. He is survived by his wife of nearly 54 years, Patricia Stilitino Gesner, his children Deborah Gesner of Castle Creek, NY, Michael Gesner and his partner Alison Stroh of Wurtsboro, NY, and Kimberly Gesner Green and her husband James of Vestal, NY. He is also survived by his three adored grandchildren, Madelyn Green, Alexander Green and Devon Stroh, his older brother, George E. Gesner and his wife Dawn of The Villages, and several nieces and nephews.
Richard served in the 9th Infantry of the United States Army in Vietnam from 1966 to 1968, earning a Purple Heart as well as medals for good conduct and distinguished service. After being honorably discharged, he returned home, married Patricia and started a family, working as an oil burner mechanic. They lived for many years in Middletown, NY, where he worked as a laborer for the Town of Wallkill Highway Department. After retiring, he moved to Castle Creek.
Richard was a second-generation volunteer firefighter. He was a member of the Suffern Hook and Ladder, and later joined Mechanicstown Engine & Chemical Co. #1. There he served as President, Commissioner, and Captain of the Fire Police.
An avid outdoorsman, Richard was a lifelong hunter and enjoyed being in the woods or out on the lake fishing. He loved to mow his lawn and plow snow, and he would often take his coffee onto the porch to watch the sun rise, the deer move across the field, or the birds enjoy the feeders he kept stocked. He had a soft spot for rabbits, which he would never hunt. He was a lifelong Jets fan, waiting without much hope for another championship season. He was also a fan of NASCAR and enjoyed many long naps as a result.
A viewing will be held on Tuesday March 21st from 12-2 pm at Hopler & Eschbach Funeral Home 483 Chenango St. Binghamton, NY, followed by a funeral service at 2pm. He will be buried at Glen Castle Cemetery. The family will be holding a memorial picnic at a later date. Those interested, may make a donation in Richard's memory to Wounded Warriors.
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