Mr. Richard E. Elmendorf, 82, of Gloversville, passed away February 12, 2014, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Albany. Mr. Elmendorf was born November 13, 1931, in Gloversville, son of the late George and Majorie Elmendorf. He was educated in Gloversville schools and graduated Gloversville High School. Richard proudly served his country during the Korean War. He received the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars among other commendations for his foreign service. Although he was looking forward to the opportunity, Richard's failing health prevented him from participating in the Honor Flight program.
Richard worked in construction all his life as a mechanic. He had been employed by Asphalt Stone Products for a time and retired from Lane Construction in Fultonville in 1992. He was a member of the Concordia Singing Society and Grace Lutheran Church in Johnstown.
An avid outdoorsman, Richard loved camping, hunting and fishing his entire life. He will be deeply missed.
He is survived by his wife, Diana Fremmer Elmendorf of Gloversville, whom he married July 18, 1954; a daughter, Kelly Bradt (T.J.) of Meco; a son, Randy Elmendorf (Lorrie) of Gloversville; a brother, Harold Elmendorf of Gloversville; and half brothers, Michael Elmendorf (Judy) of Meco, Patrick Elmendorf of Mayfield and Dennis Elmendorf (Barbara) of Mayfield. Richard is also survived by grandchildren, Branden Elmendorf, Blair Banks (Shannon), Jeremy Bradt (Amber) and Ethan Bradt (Nicole); and a great-grandson, Blake Bradt; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by several brother and sisters.
A funeral service will be held 6 p.m. Saturday, February 15, 2014, at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, with the Rev. David Almleaf, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, officiating. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. prior to the service. Cremation will follow and inurnment with military honors at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville, will take place at the convenience of his family. Expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to the Leather Stocking Honor Flight, P.O. Box 621, Cobleskill, N.Y. 12043. Please visit the family online guestbook at www.brbsfuneral.com.