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Obituraries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, October 12, 2006

Edward J. Disbrew

BERNE — Edward J. Disbrew, an avid outdoorsman known for his love of fur trapping and hunting, died on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006, at his nephew’s home on Fliegel Avenue in Guilderland.

He was 94.

Born in Berne, Mr. Disbrew lived his entire life in the Helderbergs, where he loved to hunt and trap. As a young man, he worked as a farmer, a lumberjack, and then as a fur trapper. He also worked as a furnace operator at the foundry in Voorheesville for 20 years and as a groundskeeper for the Colonie Country Club for 20 years.

"His big thing was hunting for deer and trapping for fur. He was still regularly trapping up until 10 or 15 years ago," said his nephew, Roger Nickel. "That’s how he supplemented his income. He sold them to a guy in Schoharie, who then had them made into clothing"Fox, mink, muskrat, you name it."

Mr. Disbrew was a life member of the New York State Trappers Association, an active gardener, and a member of Seed Savers.

"He also really liked his deer hunting," Mr. Nickel said with a chuckle. "He loved his venison."

Mr. Disbrew’s sister, Ella May Snyder, and his nephew, Jeffrey Snyder, died before him.

He is survived by his brothers, Almond Disbrew and Wallace Ethan "Peter" Disbrew; his sister-in-law, Marie Disbrew; his nephews, Timothy W. Snyder and Roger Nickel; his nieces, Bonnie Lee Landauer and June Sperry; and several grandnieces and grandnephews.

Relatives and friends attended a burial ceremony last Saturday morning at the South Berne Cemetery, and arrangements are by the Reilly & Son Funeral Home in Voorheesville.

— Jarrett Carroll

David M. Shuker

KNOX — David M. Shuker loved aviation, farming, and his family, said Mona Shuker, his wife of 28 years.

"He lived on the land, and that’s what he loved most," she said.

Mr. Shuker died at his home on Knox Cave Road on Oct. 5, 2006. He was 83.

Mr. Shuker was born in Needham, Mass., to the late Samson and Ella Shuker. He served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. Mr. Shuker was stationed in Italy and flew B-24 bombers.

"He was flying overhead as I was hiding," said Mona Shuker, who was born in Germany.

After the war, he worked for jet companies — Cessna, Canadair Challenger, and Bombardier Challenger — and eventually managed the service center at the airport in Wappingers Falls. Mr. Shuker later became the general manager of the service center at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn.

He retired in 1988. His first wife, Janet Shuker, died in 1977.

Mr. Shuker was a very kind, loving man, Mona Shuker said.

"His men absolutely adored him," she said.

She added that his reputation at the service center in Windsor Locks drew people from all over the country.

"He was as honest as the day is long," she said.

Mr. Shuker’s son, Eric Schupp, also said that his father was very honest and had integrity. Mr. Schupp added that his father was instrumental in helping him get started in his career.

"He believed that, if you take care of people, people will take care of you," he said.

While living in Connecticut, the Shukers had a small farm, where they raised chickens, rabbits, and goats.

"He loved being a farmer," Mona Shuker said.

Mr. Shuker lived at his farm in Knox for eight-and-a-half years with his wife, and had been ill for many years.

"He was ill from the chemicals," Mona Shuker said. "He’d been going to the V.A. hospital for 15 years." She explained that, while serving in the Air Corps, Mr. Shuker cleaned carburetors, and that the exposure to chemicals had resulted in poor health.

"He had bladder cancer," she said.

Mr. Shuker, despite his health problems, enjoyed playing cribbage, and taught the game to his children and grandchildren.

"He was a great man," Mr. Schupp said. "If I could become half the man he was, I would have made a great accomplishment."

Mr. Shuker is survived by his wife, Mona Shuker, of Knox; seven children, David W. Shuker, and his wife, Susan, of Sandown, N.H., Johathan L. Shuker and his wife, Donna, of Hopewell Junction, N.Y., Scott E. Shuker and his wife, Martine, of Avon Lake, Ohio, Eric O. Schupp and his wife, Alyson, of Enfield, Conn., Cynthia M. Schupp of West Palm Beach, Fla., Nicole K. Burian, and her husband, Lee, of Delanson, and Thomas P. Schupp and his wife, Ellen, of Enfield, Conn. Mr. Shuker is also survived by 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday at the Altamont Reformed Church, followed by burial with military honors at Saratoga National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Good Samaritan Fund at the Altamont Reformed Church, 129 Lincoln Ave., Altamont, NY 12009.

— Tyler Schuling

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