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Gustav A. Nusskern, a resident of Queensbury, joined the love of his life, Ruth, and the Lord on April 9, 2017. Recently he was a resident of the Home of the Good Shepherd, Moreau. Gus was born in Newburgh N.Y. Dec. 1, 1922, the youngest of seven children and the only son of Gustave and Anna (Benkert) Nusskern.
Gus served in the US Army during WW II as a staff sergeant in the 887th Signal Company receiving numerous awards and medals. He was employed as an accountant with Armour & Co. for 41 years, retiring in 1983.
Throughout his life, Gus enjoyed traveling the highways, spending time with family and friends, watching many sports - especially his beloved Yankees - and had a selfless dedication to volunteer service. He served as fire chief of the Orange Lake Volunteer Fire Department, was one of the founders of the Queensbury Elementary Grandparents program (committing 25 years to its coordination and operation), was active in the Queensbury Senior Citizens group, AARP and the German American Society of the Adirondacks and affiliated with the Queensbury VFW. Gus could be easily recognized wearing plaid plants while balancing a tray of plates and glasses on his head at many social functions! An example of how he showed his sense of humor is if one inquired if there was anything they might get or do for him, he would retort that a pound of twenties would be nice.
Gus married his wife of 57 years, Ruth (Warner) on September 5th, 1943 at St. Patrick's Church, Newburgh, N.Y. Ruth passed away April 1, 2000. He also was predeceased by four sisters, Helen Minerly, Florence Ronk, Emma Shafer, Elsie Shafer; brother-in-law, Richard Palmer (who was more like a brother to Gus); twin grandchildren, Christopher and Timothy Nusskern.
Survivors include two sisters, Elizabeth Wilburn and Margaret Palmer; his son, Randolph (Valerie) Nusskern (Glens Falls); and daughter, Jania (David) Lawliss (Plattsburgh). Additionally he is survived by his grandchildren, Daniel (Kris) Nusskern, Kelly (Ernie) Orsini, Justin (Kristin) Lawliss, Nastassja Nusskern, Aniela (Jeffrey) Sherin, Ian Nusskern, Nova Nusskern; and great- grandchildren, Bear Nusskern, Nikolas Orsini, Liam Sherin, Ammarette Nusskern, Alayna Sherin; and many nieces and nephews.
Special thanks to the staff at Home of the Good Shepherd, Glens Falls Hospital and Hospice.
Calling hours will be from 9 to 11 am on Thursday April 13, 2017, Baker Funeral Home, 11 Lafayette St. Glens Falls with a Christian service following.
At the wishes of the family, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the West Glens Falls Emergency Squad, The Prostate Cancer Fund (Project Cure), the Queensbury VFW or the charity of one's choice.
Condolences may be sent directly to the funeral home, 11 Lafayette St., Queensbury, N.Y. 12804 or through www.bakerfuneralhome.com.
Published on April 12, 2017
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