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John Jr. DeBlock

September 25, 1924 September 26, 2013
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John DeBlock, Jr., of Westtown NY, formerly of New Hampton, died peacefully on September 26, 2013 at Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown, NY, with his family at his side. He was 89.

John was born on September 25, 1924 in Midland Park, New Jersey to the late John Sr. and Anne Zuidema DeBlock. John was married to Suzanne Lutjens DeBlock for 69 years.

John was a dairy farmer all of his life, at first in business with his father and brothers, and later with his sons Robert, James and Thomas.

In 1947, John’s family purchased a dairy farm in the Town of Wawayanda. It is here where John and Sue started and raided their family.

John is survived by his wife Suzanne at home in Westtown. John is also survived by daughters, Nancy (Henry) Lust of Middletown, Gloria Jean Squire (Jim) of Atlanta, GA, Linda Clark (Garfield) of Goshen, Susan Jacks of Westtown, sons William (Christina) of Castleton, Robert of New Hampton, James (Lori) of Goshen, and Thomas (Melody) of New Hampton. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren: William, Michael, Dirck, Jennifer, Whitney, Allison, Jason, Andrew, Matthew, Joanna, Jake, Jimmy, Sarah, Lindsey, Jill, Kevin and Stephanie and 23 great-grandchildren. John is survived by a brother Kenneth (Marjorie) in Fort Plain, NY. John has many nieces and nephews who knew him as “Uncle Johnnie”.

Besides his parents, John was predeceased by his brothers, Peter, Nicholas, and Sidney. He was also predeceased by his son-in-law David Jacks, two grandchildren, Jackie Zwart and Jeremy DeBlock and a great-grandson Atticus Becerril.

John loved his family and farming. He enjoyed working on the farm with his father and his brothers, Peter and Kenneth. When his children were old enough, John loved having them work along side him on the farm. He loved sitting around the kitchen table telling stories to whoever would listen about his youth, the family, farming, politics, and whatever else he had on his mind. Dad enjoyed family time at Mohican Lake and his beloved boat “Starfire”. John loved Saturday nights dining at Archie’s Inn and later at the Jolly Onion Inn, where a prime rib was always waiting for him.

John enjoyed local politics. He was a past Town Councilman and Republican Committee Chairman in the Town of Wawayanda. He was also an Orange County Republican Committeeman. He served as a Trustee and Elder of the Frist Presbyterian Church of Ridgebury. He was also a charter member of the New Hampton Fire Company.

Visitation hours are from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at Applebee-mcPhillips Funeral Home, Inc, 130 Highland Avenue, Middletown, NY 10940. A Funeral Service will be held at 11 am on Monday, September 30, 2013 at Ridgebury Presbyterian Church, Rev. Bob Keene will officiate. Burial will follow in the family plot in Ridgebury Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either New Hampton Fire Company or Lenape Ambulance Service.

Arrangements are under the direction of Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc.

Visitation hours are from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at Applebee-mcPhillips Funeral Home, Inc, 130 Highland Avenue, Middletown, NY 10940. A Funeral Service will be held at 11 am on Monday, September 30, 2013 at Ridgebury Presbyterian Church, Rev. Bob Keene will officiate. Burial will follow in the family plot in Ridgebury Cemetery.

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