SARANAC— William John Bill Osher, 86, of the Chazy Lake Road, Saranac, passed away, Monday, July 14, 2003, at the Clinton County Nursing Home in Plattsburgh.
He was born in Saranac, July 27, 1916, the son of John and Della (Hackette) Osher.
Bill lived his entire life in Saranac. He was a dairy farmer for most of his life until 1961. He then went to work at Macomb State Park, where he was employed for 17 years. Following retirement he spent a great deal of time with his family and friends and friends in the woods or on the farm.
Bill was best known and loved for his stories, songs and little jigs. He loved to spend time whittling, producing the best-known Dancing Man.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Shirley Studebaker of Saranac; three daughters, Barbara and her husband, Francis Perry Sr. of Redford, Jeannie and her companion, Art Gonyo of Plattsburgh, Brenda Osher and his son-in-law, Mark Devins Sr. of Saranac; one sister and nephew, Alice Cunningham and John F. Kuhlsen Jr. of Dannemora; his grandchildren, William Perry, Francis Perry Jr. and his wife, Melissa of Redford, Blanche Cookingham and her husband, Steve of Clintonville, and Genevieve Perry of Saranac, also Amber, Mark Jr., Gina and Jami Devins of Saranac; his great-grandchildren, Brittany, Jeremy and Joseph Perry; and a very special cousin, Francis Davis.
There will be no public calling hours. A graveside service will be held Saturday, July 19, 2003, at 10 a.m. at the Saranac Independent Cemetery. A gathering will follow at the Saranac Fire Station in Redford.
Donations in his memory may be made to the family or the Saranac Rescue Squad.
Arrangements are with the Hamilton Funeral Home.