Richard W. Michaelis, 82, of Cottekill, NY, died on Thursday, November 28, 2019 at Health Alliance Hospital, Broadway Campus in Kingston, NY, with his loving wife by his side. He was born on October 10, 1937 in Poughkeepsie, NY, to the late Gerard and Florence Dimsey Michaelis.
He was a proud graduate of New Paltz High School, class of 1955. Following high school, he entered the US Air Force and served from 1955 to 1959 and was stationed in Germany for 3 of those years. After serving his country, he went to Dutchess County Community College where he earned his Associates Degree. Rich worked for AT&T as a communication specialist until 1992. He then was the court clerk for 10 years for Judge Robert Vosper and Judge Sarah McGinty in the Town of Rosendale. He also worked for Lou Kolano, Tax Preparation. His passion was high school football games. He was usually behind a video camera or keeping the statistics of the game. He recorded over 800 games and for over 25 years, he and his wife Ellen kept that statistics for the Section 9 High School Football Sectionals, regionals and state semi finals. He also had a love for classical music, trains, genealogy and in his younger years was an avid bowler.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Ellen Carter Michaelis, his daughter, Darlene Cummins and her husband, Paul, his mother in law, Christine Bruno, his dear cousins, Karen Bodo (Jack) and Linda Mesuda (George Hart), his sisters in law, Christine Noble (Terry), Anita Davis, Rosemary Bruno (John Nowicki), his brother in law, John Carter (Julie), and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
Arrangements entrusted to Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service, 326 Albany Ave., Kingston, NY 12401 where the family will receive their friends on Friday, December 6, 2019 from 3pm to 7pm. The Memorial Service will be at the funeral home on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 11am. The Family requests that in lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions be made to the R.W. Michaelis Memorial Scholarship Fund, C/O Rondout Savins Bank, 300 Broadway, Kingston, NY. 12401
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