LAKE LUZERNE - Rolland L. "Bud" Gumprecht, age 86, of Village View Road, died Wednesday morning, Jan. 21, 2009, at his home with his loving family at his side.
Born on Feb. 3, 1922, in South Meriden, Conn., he was a longtime area resident and son of Charles F. and Gladys (Grieb) Gumprecht.
Bud attended Lyman Hall High School in Connecticut before moving to Lake Luzerne in 1939, where he graduated from Hadley-Luzerne Central School, Class of 1940.
He then joined the U.S. Army in 1943, serving during World War II in the Detachment Medical Department Veterinary Service out of Washington, D.C. He was also responsible for purchasing and inspecting food for all of the armed services. He was awarded the American Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and the Victory Medal.
He married Mary E. Crannell on July 4, 1945, in Lake Luzerne.
Bud worked at International Paper Co. in Corinth for 40 years in many capacities including the wood yard, lab and in maintenance. He was a member of the Quarter Century Club at the mill. He assisted his wife with their family-run business, Hilltop Grocery in Lake Luzerne. He was caretaker for over 40 seasonal residences around Lake Luzerne Heights.
A longtime trustee with the Luzerne Cemetery Association, Bud was also a den leader with the Cub Scouts and past president of the Luzerne - Hadley Fish and Game Club and a member of the William J. Varney American Legion Post No. 862, Lake Luzerne. He loved to hunt, fish, garden with his daughter, Nancy, do crossword puzzles, tinker with things, craft lamps out of shells that he had collected in Florida. He also truly enjoyed picnics and gatherings with his family.
Bud is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary Gumprecht; three daughters: Jean Pieringer and her husband, Ronald, of Fort Edward, Linda Winslow and her husband, James, of Lake Luzerne, Nancy Moffitt and her husband, William, of Lake Luzerne; five grandchildren: Jodie Plude and her husband, Dan, of Lake Luzerne, Lori Springer and her husband, Hollis Springer Jr., of Gansevoort, Kevin Moffitt and his wife, DeSiree, of Queensbury, Dustin Moffitt and his fiancee, Michelle Marcotte, of Lake Luzerne, Wayne Li and his wife, Jane, of Boston, Mass.; 11 great-grandchildren: Kristen Plude, Kendra Winslow, Deven Springer, Hollis Springer III, Collin Springer, Nathan Springer, Autumn Moffitt, John Moffitt, Charlie Moffitt, Ben Sorrows, Nathan Li, and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday at the Brewer Funeral Home, Inc., 24 Church St, Lake Luzerne.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, at the funeral home with the Rev. Judy Humphrey Fox, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Lake Luzerne, officiating.
Spring burial will take place in Luzerne Cemetery, Lake Luzerne.
Pallbearers will be Dustin Moffitt, Kevin Moffitt, Daniel Plude, Hollis Springer Jr., Deven Springer and Howard Livingston.
Bud's Family would like to thank High Peaks Hospice for the wonderful care and compassion shown to him.
Memorial contributions may be made to Luzerne Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 500, Lake Luzerne, NY 12846; to High Peaks Hospice, 667 Bay Road, Suite 1A, Queensbury, NY 12804 or to the Luzerne-Hadley Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 215, Lake Luzerne, NY 12846.