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SIDNEY - Kenneth E. Shackelton, 85, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, in Oneonta.
He was born on June 4, 1931, son of the late Frank and Hazel Shackelton in Walton.
Ken was a Korean War veteran who served with honor from 1949 to 1951. During this time, he played the trombone in General Mac Arthur's band. This band was part of the special Headquarters and Service Command Christmas show recorded for broadcast to Japan, Korea and the USA.
He was a longtime employee of Borden Chemical Company, retiring in 1993. Ken was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7914, Sidney; American Legion Post 183. He was a life member and former governor for the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 277, Sidney. He was also an avid New York Yankees baseball fan.
Ken is survived by nephew, David and his wife, Carolyn Schuman (Sidney); stepdaughters, Frances Burke (Highland Park, New Jersey), Kathleen and Richard Herban (Sayreville, New Jersey) and Dorothy Burke Tribble (Richmond, Virginia); as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and grandnieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Ken was predeceased by his brother, Donald Shackelton; sister, Elizabeth Schuman; his beloved partner of 35 years, Therese Burke; and two stepsons, William J. Burke and Thomas J. Burke.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m, Sunday, June 4, in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Sidney.
Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.landersfh.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.
Published on June 1, 2017
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