Ronald E. Schoonmaker, 76, of Kingston
Ronald E. Schoonmaker, 76, of Clifton Terrace, died peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, at home with his loving wife by his side in the care of Hospice.
Born Dec. 31 1939 in Kingston, New York ,he is a son of the late John T. and Frances (Post) Schoonmaker.
He attended Kingston City Schools, where he was captain of the high school tennis team in 1957. A veteran of The U.S. Navy, serving aboard the destroyer USS Johnston as a Mount Captain of a 30 caliber twin gun mount. Honorably discharged in 1960.
He worked for Starr Brick company for three years he retired from Central Hudson Gas and Electric Company after a 30 year career. A member of The Central Hudson quarter century club, IBEW local 320, a member of local 724 Motion picture industry, Hollywood, California.
Ron enjoyed genealogical research and was a member of the Ulster County Genealogical Society, Huguenot Historical Society, member and Vice President of The Schoonmaker Family Association.
He enjoyed playing Tennis and golf until injuries prevented him to play.
Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Shirley M. (Nichols) Schoonmaker; two daughters, Janet Lyn Schmelling and her husband Fred and Wendy Quinn and her husband John; and grandchildren, Jacob Andrew Schmelling and Ainsley Elizabeth Quinn. Two sisters, Betty Perry and Joanne Fein and many nieces and nephews also survive.
Four brothers, Charles K., Robert F., John T. and William G. Schoonmaker and a sister, Jacqueline Hilderbrand, predeceased him.
Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of Joseph V. Leahy Funeral Home, Inc. 27 Smith avenue Kingston. www.jvleahyfh.com Friends will be received at the funeral home Friday 3 to 7 p.m. The procession will form Saturday at 9 a.m. at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church. Entombment will follow at Wiltwyck Community Mausoleum.
The family would like to thank Hospice for the excellent care of Ron these past days.