Melvin B. Hotaling, 88

Melvin B. Hotaling, 88, of Co. Rt. 57, Phoenix, NY died Thursday July 9, 2009.

Born to his late parents, Clarence and Grace (Carkner) Hotaling in Coeymans, NY. A graduate of Ravena-Coeymans High School, later serving in the U.S. Army, WWII Europe and Africa, as a Sgt., receiving the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart.

Mel was a conductor for Penn Central Railroad retiring in 1981. He was a member of the First Congregational Church, UCC; Past Commander of the VFW Post 5540 and its firing squad; First Vice Commander of the American Legion Post 418; Callimachus Masonic Lodge 369 F & M, for 60 years; a charter member of Beaver Meadows Golf Club all in Phoenix; a life member of the Ravena Hose Dept., Ravena, NY; Media Temple Shrine, Watertown, NY, since 1975.

Pre-deceased by his daughter Sandra Chalk in 1984; and his grandson, Samuel Chalk, Jr. in 2008.

Surviving are his wife of 43 years the former Catherine M. Van Epps; his daughers, Linda Wilkinson, Donna Newton, Janet Guilzon, Cheryl Morrison, Debra Betor, Brenda Hotaling-Roth, Barbara Baum, Sheryl Dunn, Carla Jenkins, Donna Rose, Annette Simons; one son Richard Watson; one sister, Velma Armstrong; several grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; two nephews and cousins.

Services are Monday July 13, at 11 am at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix. Burial with military honors in Phoenix Rural Cemetery, 126 Chestnut St. Calling hours are Sunday from 1 to 5 pm at the funeral home 431 Main St… Contributions preferred to: American Heart Assoc. or American Diabetes Assoc. in his memory.