PORTLANDVILLE — Cecil E. Hoose, 72, of Portlandville, died early Tuesday morning, Nov. 11, 2003, at his home.
He was born on April 8, 1931, in Oneonta, a son of Harold S. and Marian (Champlin) Hoose. Raised in Mount Vision, Cecil graduated from Laurens Central School with the Class of 1948. Following graduation he became involved in dairy farming.
On Aug. 5, 1951, he married Mary Jones in the Hartwick Methodist Episcopal Church. Together they continued dairy farming, owning and operating the Ce-Ran Farm in Mt. Vision until his retirement in 1981. For the next 15 years he indulged his passion for selling land by becoming a real estate agent and operating Mt. Vision Realty.
Cecil was a dedicated member of Laurens Lodge No. 548, Free and Accepted Masons. During his term as Master in 1970, the Lodge acquired and dedicated their present building and he was currently serving as the Chairman of their Building Committee. Most recently he was the recipient of the Dedicated Service Award presented by the Grand Lodge, F.&A.M. of the State of New York.
For most of his adult life he was a member of the Mt. Vision Fire Department, also served on the Board of the Mt. Vision Cemetery Association, and was also a member of the Mt. Vision United Methodist Church. An avid old car enthusiast, he was a member of the REO Club of America and The Reminiscer's Antique Car Club of Oneonta. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and trapping, and was a member of the Three Rivers Coon Hunters' Association. He also enjoyed gardening.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary, of Portlandville; his son, Randall S. Hoose and Judy Dennis of Cooperstown; his daughter, Priscilla Kaye Osterhoudt and her husband, Darrell of Jefferson City, Mo.; his grandchildren, Dana Osterhoudt of Missouri and Randall S. Hoose Jr. and Samantha Hoose, residing in Laurens with their mother, Margaret Hoose; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins, including a special nephew, Jim Garvin Jr. of Fly Creek, and a special niece, Sharon Baumgartner of Amery, Wis.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14, 2003, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown with Mr. Richard Sliter, pastor of Aldrich Baptist Church in North Franklin, officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Vision Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003, when Cecil's family will be in attendance. A Masonic Memorial Service will be conducted at 8:30 p.m., that evening, by Brothers of Laurens Lodge No. 548, F.&A.M.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial gifts may be made to Laurens Lodge No. 548, F.&A.M., care of Sec't. Robert Bennett, 215 Crawford Road, Otego, NY 13825 or Catskill Area Hospice Hope Foundation, 542 Main St., Oneonta, NY 13820.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Published in The Daily Star on Nov. 12, 2003.