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Robert W. Constant

ELLENVILLE - Robert W. Constant, of Ellenville, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017 at Orange Regional Medical Center. He was 91.

He was born on Oct. 18, 1925 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Ellenville, New York to Ira and Gertrude McDole Constant.

Robert retired as a New York State corrections officer in 1977 after 28 years. He proudly served our country in the United States Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theatre aboard the USS Alaska from 1944 to 1946. He was an honorary life member and past Commander of The American Legion, Cook-Taylor Post No. 111, a member of the VFW Post No. 8959, a president of the Ulster Heights Beagle Club, past Assistant Director of the International Carriage-Royals Travel Trailer Club, past Warden and Trustee at St. John's Episcopal Church and owner and operator of Constant and Sons Trucking.

His musical talents earned him a seat as a trumpeter in Clayton's Military Marching and Concert Band at the age of eight. He continued to play with the band until its demise in the mid 1960's. He formed a Boy Scout Drum and Bugle Corps for Troop 28 B.S.A Ellenville, which later were known as The Imperial Guardmen. He was the Corps Director from 1966 to 1973. He also marched and played baritone for the 20th Century Limited Senior Drum and Bugle Corps in Highland.

Bob enjoyed life with his family, especially hunting small game with his sons, as well as snow-mobiling and traveling with his wife.

He is predeceased by his wife of 66 years, June Caston Constant. He leaves behind his four sons and their wives, Richard and Charlene Constant of Greenfield Park, Russell and Lillian Constant of Roscoe, Jeffery and Penny Constant of Neversink and Gary Constant and Janet Dechick of Queensbury; grandchildren, Jaclyn Day (Darin), Heather Eddings (Rich), Christopher Constant (Kendra), Jesse Wall (Sarah), Jason Constant and Rachel Vaughn (Nick); and great-grandchildren, Brody and Lauren Day, Riley and Audrey Eddings, Dayne and Finnegan Wall and Jayce Constant.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at Loucks Funeral Home, 79 N. Main St. Ellenville, NY 12428. An American Legion service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Monday, at the funeral home. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, at St. John's Episcopal Church, 40 Market St. Ellenville, NY. Burial to follow at Fantinekill with full Military honors.

Arrangements under the direction of Loucks Funeral Home, for further information call 845-647-4343 or visit www.loucksfh.com.

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