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Hugh "Sam" Van Orden Obituary

Hugh "Sam" DeWitt Van Orden

July 20, 2015
Born in Catskill
Resided in Catskill, NY
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Hugh "Sam" DeWitt Van Orden, 96, passed away at the Pines in Catskill on July 20, 2015.

Born on the family farm in 1918, he was a son of the late Hugh M. and Leona Smith Van Orden.

In Sam's younger years, he traveled the country transporting animals for Roland Lindemann at the Catskill Game Farm. Besides working with his father on their farm, he hauled animals to auctions and did custom harvesting for many local farmers.

In 1949, he married Elsie Riemer at their home on the Embought. In the 1960's he decided to concentrate on dairy production, combining his love of the land and livestock (especially horses, mules and Brown Swiss cattle.)

Sam participated in the original Greene County Fair in Cairo and supported his children's involvement in 4-H and the Greene County Youth Fair.

His wife, Elsie Riemer Van Orden died in 2006.

Surviving are one son James (Donna) Van Orden, Catskill; three daughters Mary (Onan) Whitcomb, Essex Junction, VT, Margaret (Charles) O'Neil, Honeoye Falls and Barbara (John) Randall, Bloomfield; eight grandchildren Sarah Van Orden, Ovid, William Van Orden, Catskill, Jessica Cook, Germany, Rebecca Allen and Ben Whitecomb of VT, Meghan McDonald, New York City, Linnell Randall, Florida, Serita Randall, Bloomfield; five great grandchildren Caroline, Edward, Memphis, Thomas and Andrew.

Sam's family wishes to extend a special "thank you" to his caregivers, Jetta, Nancy, Bonnie, Marion and the staff at the Pines.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday from 12:00 – 1:00 pm at Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Hgts., Catskill. A funeral service, conducted by Elder Bonnie Pflegl, will be at the funeral home at 1:00 pm. Interment will follow in Town of Catskill Cemetery.




Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home
139 Jefferson Heights
Catskill, NY USA 12414
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Funeral Service
Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home
139 Jefferson Heights
Catskill, NY USA 12414
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
1:00 PM
Town of Catskill Cemetery
27 North Jefferson Avenue
Catskill, NY USA 12414
Wednesday, July 22, 2015