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Dale A. Thornton 04/07/2020

April 8th, 2020 8 comments

Dale A. Thornton        

Dale A. Thornton, 68, of DeKalb Junction, died on April 7, 2020, at his home.  There will be a Celebration of Life at a time to be determined by his family. He is survived by his wife, Karen Thornton, sons, Richard Thornton of N.Y., Bradley and his wife Kristy Thornton of Canton, daughters, Gina Dafoe of Chesapeake, Virginia, Brandi and her husband Chris Harris of DeKalb, a brother, Floyd and his wife Ann Thornton of Edwards, a sister Debbie and her husband Gerald Phillips of Fowler, 8 grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren, 1 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Gerald Thornton and Michael Thornton.  Dale was born on October 30, 1951, in Gouverneur, to the late, Gerald and Leota Hazelton Thornton. He married Karen Walrath on July 8, 1972 at the Methodist Church in Gouverneur. He and Karen owned and operated Dale’s Grocery in DeKalb Junction for twenty five years selling the store in 2009. Prior to that he worked as a miner for Zinc Corp. He was a past member of the Canton Kiwanis Club, Hermon DeKalb Pee Wee Association, and the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce.  He was a big supporter of his community.  He LOVED his family before all else. He enjoyed farming, being in the woods, hunting, fishing, going to camp, dealing with the Amish and riding in his Kubota with Karen and LilBit.  In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Hermon Rescue Squad or the Canton Rescue Squad.

Dennis K. Harris Sr. 04/04/2020

April 6th, 2020 1 comment

Dennis K. Harris Sr.    

Dennis K. Harris Sr., 75, of Russell, died on April 4, 2020, at Champlain Valley Physician Hospital.  A graveside service will be at a later date in the Hermon Cemetery, Hermon, with Military Honors. He is survived by his son Dennis Harris Jr. of Plattsburgh, a daughter, Melanie and her husband Jeremy Chaney of Carthage, a sister, Christine and her husband Jack Lafferty of Lecanto, Florida, step siblings, David Fenlong of DeKalb Junction, Gary Fenlong of Heuvelton, Donald Fenlong of Naples, Michael Fenlong of DeKalb Junction, Sue Bessette of Pyrites, Diane Warner of Heuvelton, a sister in law, Lucy Harris of DeKalb Junction, four grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son Richard Harris, siblings, Floyd Harris, Cheryl Harris, step siblings, Ronald Fenlong, and Sally Mandigo.  Dennis was born on February 28, 1945, in Gouverneur, to the late, Floyd H. and Flossie McIntyre Harris Sr. He married Joan Conto on November 16, 1965 in Dover Plains, New York, and she died on January 25, 2016. Dennis was in the Army from 1965 -1967 serving in Vietnam. He was a supervisor/carpenter for Northland Associates in Syracuse, until he retired in 2007. Prior to that he worked as a ward supervisor at Wassaic Developmental in Wassaic, New York. He was a member of the VFW Post 1231 in Canton and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and carpentry work.  In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association.