2018 Honor A Veteran
Name of Deceased Veteran
January 8, 2018
February 12, 2018
Thomas P. Ryan
March 12, 2018
Abbott L. Wiley
April 9, 2018
Earl W. Coons
Paul T. Rustin
Joseph C. Rustin
Paul J. Hendrick
July 9, 2018
Joseph P. Mangione, Jr.
September 10, 2018
October 9, 2018 **Tuesday**
STANLEY J. OPITZ
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,
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
DAVID B. OPITZ
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
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
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
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
ABBOTT LANSING WILEY
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
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
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
EARL W. COONS
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
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
JOSEPH CHARLES RUSTIN, SR.
Joseph Charles Rustin, Sr. was born on May 29, 1937 in Glens Falls, New York to
the late Wilbur Rustin and Ellen Hale Rustin. Joseph was the brother of Phyllis
Angell, Ellen Hughes, Irvin Rustin, Thomas Rustin, Paul Rustin, Theodore Rustin,
John Rustin and the late Rhoda Bruce, Alice Lebentritt, David Rustin and Carlese
Joseph attended Troy High School.
Joseph enlisted in the United States Navy on November 10, 1954 in Albany, New
York. While serving in the Navy, Joseph was an Armament Mechanic. He was
honorably discharged on May 22, 1958.
Joseph was married for fifty-five years to his wife, Martha Moore Howd Rustin.
In addition to his wife, Joseph is survived by his children; Maryellen
(Russell), Joseph, Jr., David, Karen and Eric, and his five grandchildren;
Kjelene, Evan, Adam, Dante and Timothy.
After Joseph’s honorable discharge from the Navy, he began working at Leaseway
of Eastern, New York. He then went on to work at Leo’s Overhead Doors and later
worked at LeRoy Holding, where he retired.
Joseph was a member of the American Legion of Cohoes and the VFW of Waterford.
Joseph was an avid card player and he enjoyed fishing and hunting.
PAUL THEODORE RUSTIN
Paul Theodore Rustin was born on March 22, 1936 in Glens Falls, New York to the
late Wilbur Rustin and Ellen Hale Rustin. Paul was the brother of Phyllis,
Ellen, Irvin, Thomas and John. The siblings that predeceased him were, Rhoda,
Alice, Joseph, Theodore, David and Carlese.
Paul attended Troy Schools.
Paul enlisted in the United States Navy on April 6, 1954. He served aboard the
USS Des Moines (CA- 134) and was the recipient of the Navy Occupation Medal.
Paul was honorable discharged on January 25, 1957.
Paul married his wife, Barbara in Troy, New York. He is survived by his sons;
Wayne, Paul, Jr. and Doug; and two step-children; Karen and Jeff. Paul is also
survived by his grandchildren; Wayne and Dillon; his step-grandchildren; Lavinia
and Kiera; and one great-granddaughter.
Paul was employed in the Auto Body Industry.
Paul enjoyed hunting, bowling, camping and horseshoes.
THEODORE HALE RUSTIN, SR.
Theodore Hale Rustin, Sr. was born on October 12, 1940 in Glens Falls, New York
to the late Wilbur Rustin and Ellen Hale Rustin. Ted was the brother of Irvin,
Thomas, John, Ellen, Phyllis and the late Paul. Ted was predeceased by his
siblings; Rhoda, Alice, Joseph, Carlese and David.
Ted attended Troy Schools.
Ted enlisted in the United States Navy Reserves on December 12, 1957. He
attended basic training at the Great Lakes Navy Center in Illinois and upon
graduation he was assigned to shore duty at the Key West Florida Naval Station.
On December 16, 1958, Ted entered into Active Duty with the Navy. On May 19,
1960, he reported to Mayport, Florida, where he was assigned to the USS Saratoga
CVA -60 to O.I. Division as a Radarman. While serving aboard the USS Saratoga
CVA -60, Ted participated in Operation Sword Thrust in coordination with our
NATO Allies. Ted was honorably discharged on November 9, 1960.
On July 11, 1959, Ted married his wife of fifty-six years, Ruth Bowen Rustin.
Ted was the proud father of Ruth Ellen, Terry and Theodore, Jr. Ted is also
survived by his grandchildren, Amy, Ryan and Gwendolyn; one great granddaughter,
Alyssa; and his best friend, Wallace A. Coffman.
Ted was employed with Behr Manning in Watervliet, New York and later retired
from his own heavy equipment business.
Ted was a legacy life member of the USS Saratoga Association.
Ted’s favorite pastime was rebuilding and painting antique, classic, and street
rod cars. He was the proud recipient of many trophies at car shows. Ted loved
his 1934 Ford 5 Window Coupe, which he restored and inscribed “Built by Henry
and Ted” under the hood.
PAUL JOSEPH HENDRICK, SR.
Paul Joseph Hendrick, Sr. was born on January 26, 1950 in Albany, New York to
the late Edward Charles Hendrick and Marjorie Antoinette (Bentz) Hendrick. Paul
was the brother of Michael Hendrick and Nancy Bellanger.
Paul attended Albany High School and received his High School Equivalent - GEDT
from the Army.
Paul enlisted in the United States Army on August 12, 1968 in Albany, New York.
He attended the United States Army Air Defense School in Fort Bliss, Texas for
AD Arty Automatic Weapons Repairman Training. Paul served in the Army G Battery,
68th Artillery, 15th Headquarters Detachment Group. He
was the recipient of the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal
W/5 Bronze Service Stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal W/60 Device, Army
Commendation Medal W/”V” Device, Army Commendation Medal (FOLC) and Good Conduct
Medal- Expert- Rifle. Paul was honorably discharged on August 11, 1971.
On August 24, 1970, Paul married his wife of 47 years, Judith Lorraine (Loucks)
Hendrick in First Circuit Court, Honolulu, Hawaii. In addition to his wife,
Paul is survived by his children, Lori (Shawn) Kolb and Paul (Heidi) Hendrick,
Jr.; his grandchildren, Dylan and Ashley Kolb, Brandon and Logan Hendrick; his
sister-in-law, Patty Hendrick; his nephew, Michael Hendrick and his “adopted”
son Donald Ramsey.
Paul was a truck driver for Sunnyside Garage in Castleton, New York.
Paul enjoyed camping, driving, fixing lawn mowers and working at truck pulls.