The Cemetery Exchange 866-754-6573

The Nationwide Source to Buy & Sell Cemetery Property
Find Death-Care Information - Products  - Services





 Richard Walton Schlafer
February 5, 1915 - October 19, 2011





UNADILLA - Richard Walton Schlafer passed away Oct. 19, 2011, in Binghamton General Hospital.

He was born Feb. 5, 1916, in Sidney, to Alexander and Mary Frances (Walton) Schlafer.

Dick was a veteran of World War II serving in Japan during the occupation. Before and after the war, he worked for Scintilla, then Bendix in Sidney, first as a driver then as a group leader. In the 1960s he owned and operated Unadilla Concrete Products and drove winters for Unadilla Oil and Fuel.  

He eventually retired as a Teamster after helping to build various segments of I-88 where he was known by all as "Festus." He was a former Sidney fireman in Phelps Hose Company and a lifetime member of McDonald Hose Co. He was a lifetime member of the Unadilla American Legion and past commander of the Sidney American Legion.  

As camping chairman of Boy Scout Troop #1 Unadilla, Dick first accompanied the troop to Crumhorm Mountain Camp in 1960 and later took pride in being the oldest living past Scoutmaster of Troop #1. Richard was a mason and member of the First United Methodist Church in Sidney. Fondly known as "Captain Crunch" he was a homespun philosopher with wisdom far beyond his formal education.  

He was predeceased by his parents; his daughter, Carmen Mathewson; his sisters, Virginia Shattuck and Jeanette Martin; daughter-in-law, Deborah E. Clune, and grandson, Paul Charles Clune.

He is survived by his wife, Lillian "Sally" Schlafer; sister, Barbara Fitzgerald; daughters, Laura E. Clune and Darlene "Peanut" Hockert (Michael); sons, Richard William Schlafer (Joann), Joseph A. Schlafer (Victoria), and Albert E. Clune; serveral grandchildren, great grandchildren, at least one great great grandchild and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

At Richard's request there will be no calling hours or funeral services. A graveside committal will be held at the convenience of the family. A celebration of Dick's life will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, at the Sidney VFW, West Main Street, Sidney.  

Arrangements are by Westcott Funeral Home at 123 Main St. in Unadilla.



Contact Us

Toll Free: 866-754-6573
Toll Free Fax: 866-339-5501

Our Hours

Monday thru Friday - 9:00am to 7:00PM EST
Saturday - 9:00am to 12:00pm EST
Sunday - Closed

Quick Links

Advertise on The Cemetery Exchange
Frequently Asked Questions
Free Cemetery Website Design
Privacy Policy
Terms & Conditions
The Cemetery Exchange Emporium
What Must Be Done at Time of Death 

Buy Sell Plots Burial Spaces Cemetery Plots Cemetery Property for Sale 

Like Us! on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter

Connect with us on Linkedin

Join our Blog

 The Cemetery Exchange LLC / Copyright  2011 - 2015 All Rights Reserved