William James Traester III

William James Traester III, 59, of Broadalbin, died Sunday, June 14, 2015, at Mountain Valley Hospice after a valiant struggle with cancer, with his loving wife, family and friends at his side.

He was born in New Haven, CT on May 16, 1956, a son of the late William J. and Dorothy Wilson Traester and was educated at the University of New Haven. Bill lived in Broadalbin for the past ten years.

Mr. Traester worked as a computer programmer for twenty-six years and was especially proud to be part of the development of the MRI and the JStar military project. He retired from programing after his work at Distribution Management Systems Company.

The heart of Bill’s adult life was his faith in Jesus. He was an active member of the Gideons International for twenty- eight years. He served as Connecticut State President and on the NYS Cabinet for eight years. He was very devoted to the yearly distribution of Bibles in NYC and served on the Blitz team for three years. He very much loved going to Gideon International Conventions to hear how his efforts had affected lives. As an active church member, Bill served in leadership at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Oxford, CT, and at Fulmont Community Church. He was currently part of the Worship Team at Living Hope Christian Church.

He and his wife Peggy enjoyed kayaking, taking walks and spending time with their friends and family.

Survivors include his wife, the former Peggy Cochran, whom he married on November 13, 2004; two stepsons, Grant Hounsell (Sarah Higginson) of Colonie and Whelan (Kimberly) Hounsell of Amsterdam; two brothers, Donald (Jeanne) Traester of Amhurst, MA and Robert (Avis) Traester of Palm Harbor, FL; four nephews, James, Jonathon, Mark, and John Traester; his mother-and father-in-law, Jeanette and Leon Cochran of New Bern, NC; and a sister-in-law, Julie Cochran-Grevious and her husband, Stephen and son, Byron of Westport, CT.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Living Hope Christian Church, 978 Saratoga Road (Route 50) Ballston Lake, NY 12019 followed by a Celebration of Life service led by Pastor Eric Walton. Burial will be in the Broadalbin-Mayfield Rural Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International at P.O. Box 1105, Northville, NY 12134. Arrangements are by the Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home Inc., Johnstown. Online condolences may be made at www.halgasfuneralhome.com.