Stanley Gemlick

— Stanley Gemlick

GUILDERLAND — Stanley Gemlick, a Guilderland native and decorated World War II veteran, died on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. He was 101.

He served in the United States Army during World War II under George S. Patton in the 35th Tank Battalion, reaching the rank of technical sergeant. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was part of the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp.

He received a presidential commendation for exemplary service and became a member of the Army Corps of Engineers. 

He worked for the federal government as a millwright, retiring from the Watervliet Arsenal after 30 years of service.

He enjoyed hunting, ice fishing, playing cards, and tending to the family garden.

He is survived by his wife, Ethel Gemlick; his daughter, Florence Derry; his grandson, M. Scott Derry; his granddaughter, Kristen Slaver and her husband, Bill; and his great-granddaughter, Katelyn. 

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Fredendall Funeral Home at 199 Main Streetin Altamont. A private burial will be at Prospect Hill Cemetery.

Memorial messages may be left at

Memorial contributions may be made to the National World War II Memorial, American Battle Monuments Commission, Post Office Box 96766, Washington, D.C. 20090-6766, online at


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