Francis V. Rury

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Francis V. Rury

February 12, 1925 - August 05, 2018

CHERRY VALLEY - Francis Valentine "Jake" Rury of Cherry Valley passed away Aug. 5, 2018. He was 93 years old.
Born Feb. 12, 1925, in Albany, Jake was the son of Walter and Alida (Eacker) Rury.
He was a lifelong resident of Cherry Valley, graduating with the Cherry Valley High School Class of 1943.
Following his graduation, Jake enlisted in the United States Navy. He was stationed in the Philippine Islands as a radio operator during World War II.
On his return to civilian life, he married Helen Eckler of Middlefield Center.
Jake joined his father, "Walt," in the operation of Rury's Food Store. Their close partnership lasted until his father's death in 1993. His wife, Helen, worked with him after she retired as the Cherry Valley school librarian. Jake ran the store until June 20, 2017. Many people still rave about the wheel of sharp cheddar cheese, the dried beef and the fresh holiday oysters!
Many area residents remember "Mr. Rury" as their first, and perhaps, their only school bus driver. He drove for Cherry Valley and then Cherry Valley-Springfield for 38 years.
Jake was dedicated to the Cherry Valley community. He was a charter member of the Cherry Valley Fish and Game Club. The store was the place to go to buy membership cards and raffle tickets!
Jake was a 47-year member of the Cherry Valley Fire Department. He also served as a commissioner of the Cherry Valley Joint Fire District. When the store was open and he couldn't go to the fire, he would grab his yellow coat and direct traffic under the stop light. One of his proudest moments serving was riding with Helen as the grand marshals of 2013 Fire Convention Parade.
As a World War II veteran, he was proud to be a member of the American Legion Post 1360 in Cherry Valley. He marched (or rode) in many parades during his 73-year membership.
Jake was baptized in and became a member of the Cherry Valley Methodist Church. The family thanks Pastor Theresa Grescheck for the support she gave him.
In his leisure time, Jake was an avid golfer, dedicated camper, an accomplished clarinet player and a bowler.
He was predeceased by his wife, Helen, in 2013. They enjoyed a marriage of 66 years.
He is survived by his two sisters, Florence Reed of Illinois and Sylvia (Malcolm) Boyce of California; brother-in-law, Ken Bailey of Voorheesville; and sons, Edward (Karen) of Cherry Valley and Gregory (Rebecca) of Moravia. He also is survived by his five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren; as well as nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Cherry Valley Methodist Church. Following the service, military honors will be accorded by members of the American Legion Post 1350 at the Cherry Valley cemetery. A reception will follow at the Methodist Church.
Memorial gifts in Jake's name may be directed to the United Methodist Church in Cherry Valley or American Legion Post 1360.
To send online condolences, visit www.ottmanfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements were entrusted to Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley.
Published on August 7, 2018
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Teena Alida Souza
Aug 08, 2018
Our Uncle Jake will be greatly missed and we are so proud of all he accomplished! He cared for so many people and always had time to visit and share stories with us. We love you Uncle Jake. Our memories with you will never be forgotten.
fred dean
Aug 08, 2018
Jake, i,ll miss our little chats together either in the store or in sharon at the concerts. fred