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2018 Honor A Veteran Ceremony's

Date of Ceremony Name of Deceased Veteran  
January 8, 2018 Stanley J. & David B. Opitz https://youtu.be/cQP1fu8MoFU
February 12, 2018 Thomas P. Ryan https://youtu.be/OJnAtSfZduE
March 12, 2018 Abbott L. Wiley


April 9, 2018 Earl W. Coons


May14, 2018 Paul T., Theodore H., &
Joseph C. Rustin
June11, 2018    
July 9, 2018    
August13, 2018    
September 10, 2018    
October 9, 2018 **Tuesday**    
November 13, 2018
December 10, 2018    




Stanley J. Opitz was born on July 31, 1924 in Troy, New York to the late Ignatious Opitz and Victoria Romaniszyn Opitz.  Stanley was the brother of Lucy, Albina and Joseph.  Stanley was a lifelong resident of Troy.

Stanley attended School #12 in Troy, NY and later received his GED.

Stanley enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on October 1, 1942 in Albany, New York during World War II.  He was an Aviation Mechanic where he set up and operated milling machines, turret lathes, planers and shapers.  He also worked on cast iron and aluminum.  Stanley was honorably discharged on February 3, 1946.

Stanley married Lupita Berrigan Opitz on December 2, 1943.  Together they had five children, Stanley, Donna, John, Tim and the late David, and two grandchildren, Mike and Shannon.

Stanley worked for Cardish Machine Works from 1946-1958.  He also worked as a machinist at Ford Motor Co. from 1959-1979.

Stanley was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church in Troy, a member of the Polish American Club of Troy, Boy Scouts of America and Local 930, United Auto Workers of Green Island.

Stanley loved to travel with family, do crossword puzzles, play darts and work on cars.




David B. Opitz was born on September 12, 1947 in Troy, New York to the late Lupita Berrigan Opitz and Stanley J. Opitz.  David was the brother of Donna, John, Tim and the late Stanley.

David attended St. Joseph’s School, and then Lasalle, finishing his high school education at Troy High School, class of 1965.

David enlisted in the United States Navy Reserves on May 28, 1967.  He was ordered to active duty on December 1, 1967.  He was assigned to the USS Warrington (DD 843), where he was a Boatwain’s Mate.  David was the recipient of the National Defense Medal.  He was honorably discharged on August 21, 1972.

David married Barbara Fitzgerald Opitz and together they had two children; Shannon and Michael.  David was also survived by his two four-legged canine friends; Blu and Grey; and several nieces and nephews.

David worked as an Engineer for Verizon, retiring in 2002.

David was a member of the American Legion Post in Wynantskill, New York and the Polish American Club.  He was also a Little League Coach.

David loved reading, wood working and spending time with his family.




Thomas P. Ryan was born on August 19, 1924 in Troy, New York to the late Patrick and Rose Newell Ryan.  Thomas was the brother of Patricia Douglas and the late David Ryan.

Thomas attended Catholic Grade School in Brooklyn until 1933 and then moved to Rensselaer, where he attended St. John’s Academy and completed grade 5.  He then attended St. Michael’s in Troy and graduated from 8th grade in 1938.  Thomas attended Catholic Central High School for 2 years but then had to quit to work and help support his family.

Thomas enlisted in the United States Navy on March 12, 1943 in Albany, NY.  He was a Seaman First Class serving aboard the USS Lindsey DM 32 during World War II.  Thomas was 1 of 331 men serving aboard the ship when it was attacked by suicide planes from Japan in Okinawa, leaving 114 crewmen either injured or dead.  Prior to serving aboard the USS Lindsey DM 32, Thomas served on transport and supply ships, carrying men and equipment for the Pacific invasions.  Thomas was the recipient of the American Theatre Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal and the Victory Medal.  Thomas P. Ryan was honorably discharged on February 19, 1946.

Thomas married his beloved wife, the late Dorothy M. Chamberlain on October 12, 1947 at St. Joseph’s Church in Green Island, NY.  Together they had two daughters; Linda Reynolds and Sharon Ryan.  Thomas is also survived by his granddaughters; Tiffany (Jeff) Gibson and Kelly (Martin) O’Neill, and his great grandchildren; Anthony, Jeffrey, Abby and Shannon, as well as several nieces and nephews.

As a child, Thomas helped deliver milk before school.  After the war he worked at Behr-Manning (Norton Company) in Watervliet, NY in the abrasives shipping department for 40 years.

Thomas was a member of the Tin Can Sailors National Association.

Thomas loved traveling with his wife to different locations across the country for reunions with survivors of the USS Lindsey DM 32.  He also enjoyed gardening, talking with friends and taking walks with his K9 companions.




Abbott Lansing Wiley was born on December 18, 1916 in Pittstown, New York to the late Leonard J. and Alice (Sherman) Wiley.  Abbott was predeceased by three brothers and a sister, Newton, Charles, Harold and Ellen.

Abbott attended Tomhannock Little Red School House and was a graduate of Lansingburgh High School.  He also attended the SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill for one year until his enlistment into the United States Army.

Abbott enlisted in the United States Army on October 1, 1942 in Albany, NY.  After basic training he attended Officer Candidate School, where he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and sent to North Africa and Italy as part of the Fifth Army.  Abbott was promoted to the rank of Captain and Battery Commander of the 347th Field Artillery Battalion of the 91st Infantry Division.  He saw combat during “Operation Italia” in nine Italian cities and surrounding areas.  Abbott was the recipient of the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 3 Battle Stars, American Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.  When Abbott was honorably discharged on February 6, 1946, he earned the rank of Major and received a Bronze Star for “Valor in combat while under enemy fire.”

On October 20, 1945, Abbott married Ruth (Olney) Wiley in Watervliet, New York.  Together they had three children, Lynn (Dennis) Latham, Carol Irvine and William (Sharon) Wiley.  Abbott is also survived by seven grandchildren, Mark Schaefer, Jennifer Schaefer, William (Melissa) Irvine, Andrew Irvine, Melanie (Kevin) Lemmer, Marina Wiley and Bryan Wiley, and four great-grandchildren, Johan Lemmer, Mia Puglese, Alexander and Madeline Irvine, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Abbott and his brother purchased a local business in Valley Falls and established Wiley Brothers Inc., a family run lumber and home hardware supply company.  In 2002, Abbott retired from his business as the President.

Abbott was active in local Republican politics, serving as the Town of Pittstown Supervisor, the Chairman of the Rensselaer County Legislature, Majority Office and a trustee of Hudson Valley Community College.  He was also a volunteer firefighter for the Valley Falls Fire Company.  He was a member of the Powamppokonk Rod and Gun Club in Pittstown.

Abbott was an avid outdoorsman; he enjoyed hunting, fishing, trap and skeet shooting and wood working.  He also enjoyed photography and reading history books.




Earl W. Coons was born on September 25, 1914 in Troy, New York to the late Earl A. Coons and Mary Louise Salisbury Coons.  Earl was the brother of two sisters, Irma Newman and Elizabeth Mutch. 

Earl attended Troy Public Schools.

Earl enlisted in the United States Army during World War II on April 9, 1943.  He entered into active service on April 16, 1943.  Earl earned the rank of Technical Sergeant on the 1010th AAF Base Unit, where he was an Aerial Engineer Gunner.  While serving, Earl participated in the Rome-Arno Campaign and the Southern France Campaign.  He was the recipient of the Good Conduct Medal, Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross and the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal.  Earl was honorably discharged on June 1, 1945.

Earl was predeceased by his first wife, Mary F. (Gross) Coons.  In addition to his wife, Margaret E. (Jones) Davis Coons, Earl is survived by three sons; Earl A., Martin R. and John J. Coons; three daughters; Joyce Bendon, Nancy Brammer and Sandra Nolan; a step-son; Alan Davis; two step-daughters; Linda Cardona and Susan Davis.  Earl is also survived by twenty-three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Earl was employed with General Electric, Troy Bus Co. and United Traction Bus Co.  He was also a self-employed general contractor, retiring in 1979.

Earl was a member of the Troy Lodge Elks #141 and Lansingburgh Order of the Odd Fellows.