Richard C. Pettie, 86

OSWEGO, NY – Richard C. Pettie, 86, a resident of 31 Beech Drive, passed away on Friday Sept. 24, 2010, at the Sunrise Nursing Home.

Born in Fulton, he was a son of the late Adrian and Clara (Owens) Pettie.

He was a graduate of Oswego High School.

Mr. Pettie retired as captain from the United States Army after 24 years of service.

He did two tours overseas in Germany during World War II and was a POW from Dec. 2, 1944 to April 2, 1945.

Richard was a co-owner of Mary Ann’s Tavern for 16 years and was well-known for sponsoring many sports teams throughout the area.

Mary Ann’s Tavern was inducted in the Oswego Softball Hall of Fame.

He was a past member of Elks Lodge #271 and was founder of the Art Reynolds Bowling Tournament in Oswego.

He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed softball, racing and bowling and was inducted into the Oswego Bowling Hall of Fame.

Surviving are his five children, Richard C. Pettie II of Radisson, Diane Johnson of Oswego, Mary Ann Pettie of Oswego, Yvonne (Joe) Cernaro of Boston, Terri C. (Stacie Gleason) Pettie of Oswego; his wife, the former Theresa A. Maxon; a sister, Adrienne Vanderhaden of Oswego; a brother, Edward (Barbara) Pettie of Florida; seven grandchildren, Tricia, Stephanie, Lauren, Shannon, Alyson, Christopher, Emily; a great granddaughter, Bailey; and nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his longtime companion, Agnes D’amore DiCriscio; a sister, Joan Bundy; a brother, William Pettie; and a son-in-law, Alan Johnson.

Funeral services will be held on Monday at 10:30 a.m. from St. Paul’s Church.

Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Dowdle Funeral Home on Sunday from 3-7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Oswego County Hospice, Po Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126.


  1. POPPA PETTIE is who he was to me. He was a Dad, well ya know, he was with my Mother for all of those years, and he treated her with respect, kindness and Love. He was my Capitan, my mentor, my advisor. Being a Captain in the US Army granted him the highest regard of respect. And a POW, who survived, and came home. I can only say, he was one grateful man.

    I guess I’m going to see if the funeral homes have rooms to rent. We have had many losses this year.

    Yay as I walk in the shadow of the valley of death, I fear no evil, because I am the meanest -p[jtr9huf je-[ltku5hv4 yji in the valley.

    Tony D.

  2. Terri and family, I remember your Dad when I was little and visited him with your cousin Michelle. I remember him as a very kind man. My condolences to you and your family on your loss. thoughts and prayers are with you.

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