Robert "Bob" Louis Scramlin of Cherry Valley, N.Y., and for the last 10 years of Johnstown, N.Y., passed away Aug. 23, 2013, at St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam, N.Y.
He was born Oct. 25, 1940, in Fox Hospital, Oneonta, N.Y., the son of Louis G. Scramlin and Nellie (Wright) Scramlin. His aunt Florence (Scramlin) Sinclair played a significant role throughout his life.
He helped the family operate Villaside Farm of Cherry Valley, N.Y. This was the Willson Homestead. The farm was started in 1738 by his great-great-great-great-grandfather, Capt. James Willson. Capt. Willson was from Ireland, a high sheriff of Albany. He and others were commissioned by King George to survey the Mohawk Valley. He was the surveyor of the Lindsay Patent. The Lindsay Patent became known as Cherry Valley, N.Y. For his work, King George of England awarded him and his brothers land just out of the town. He was captain at the time of the Cherry Valley Massacre (of which he survived).
Bob graduated from Cherry Valley Central School in June 1958. He held the office of state reporter in the Future Farmers of America (FFA) in 1958-1959, with the guidance of his adviser and mentor, Jim Rose. As part of the FFA, he went to many county fairs, showing the Villaside registered holsteins. He also grew up learning to enjoy hunting, which led him to become an avid hunter. He went on to college at Cobleskill Ag. & Tech. He graduated with a degree in agriculture in 1960. He then returned to the family farm.
After he finished farming in 1992, he went to work for the Hustead Company for several years. Then, he worked for the Walmart Distribution Center in Johnstown for five years, before leaving due to illness.
He enjoyed collecting guns and was a lifetime member of the NRA. He had an extensive collection of model toy tractors and full-size tractors. He was a member of the River Valley Tractor Club and the IH Collectors NYS Chapter 35.
He is survived by his longtime companion, Roberta Healy. He is survived by his daughter, Cynthia A. Scramlin (Earl) of Milford, N.Y.; and his son, Ronald L. Scramlin (Sandra) of Cherry Valley, N.Y.; Roberta's family, Tamara Healy, Charlene (Healy) Busch, her husband, Al Busch and their daughter, Alison; a cousin, William Armstrong of North Carolina.
Calling hours will be from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Ottman Funeral Home in Cherry Valley, N.Y. on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. The tractor funeral procession will start there and go the Cherry Valley Cemetery on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, at 11 a.m.
Donations may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
To send online condolences or light a candle visit: www.ottmanfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley.