EVANS MILLS- Gerald A. “Sye” Lingenfelter, 89, lifelong resident of Evans Mills, died Monday, October 1, 2012 at Samaritan Keep Home, Watertown.Born December 26, 1922 in Theresa, he was the son of the late Fred A. and the late Bertha M. Lortscher Lingenfelter. He was a 1940 graduate of Evans Mills High School.
Mr. Lingenfelter served in the United States Army from November 1948 to May 1957 and was honorably discharged.
He married Emma Ruth Gardner on Easter Sunday, April 10, 1955 at the First Methodist Church, Evans Mills.
Mr. Lingenfelter operated a Shell service station in Evans Mills for several years and later became Superintendent of the Department of Public Works, retiring in 1988.
He was a member of the Evans Mills Fire Department for 58 years, serving as assistant chief, treasurer, president, and director; and a charter member of the Evans Mills Fire District Board of Commissioners, where he served for 9 more years. He was a 66 year member of the Free and Accepted Masons Pisgah Lodge No. 720 and Philadelphia Lodge No. 916. He was a member of the Evans Mills United Methodist Church for many years, serving as a trustee, and also a member and officer of the Evans Mills Cemetery Association. Mr. Lingenfelter was recognized as Evans Mills Citizen of the Year in 1995.
Mr. Lingenfelter was interested in all things mechanical and especially enjoyed Indy Car racing. He was patient, thoughtful and clever and was always at work on a project; creating, making improvements or reengineering a process. He enjoyed volunteering in the community and his prodigious memory was a village resource.
Survivors include his wife, Emma, Evans Mills; a son and his wife, Dale and Lisa, Niskayuna; two daughters and a son-in-law, Linda Cates, Carmel, IN, and Esther and Gerald Greiner, The Woodlands, TX; five grandchildren, Ashley and Matthew Lingenfelter, Niskayuna, Jamie and Erin Cates, Carmel, IN, and Elliot Greiner, The Woodlands, TX; a great grandchild, Kailyn Jackson, Carmel, IN; and several nieces and nephews.
A brother, Vilas, five sisters, Ruth Morin, Dorothy Flath, Florence Brown, Eleanor Shimel and Pauline Lingenfelter, and a son-in-law, J. Mac Cates, died before him.
The funeral will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 6, at the Evans Mills United Methodist Church, with Pastor David Snyder officiating. Burial will be at Sanford Corners Cemetery, Calcium.
Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, October 5, at Frederick Bros. Funeral Home, Theresa. The Free and Accepted Masons will have a service at 6:45pm.
Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org or the Evans Mills Fire Department.
Condolences may be made online at www.frederickbrosfuneralhome.com.