Raymertown-Ernest “Ernie” Kershaw, 74 a longtime dairy farmer and resident of Raymertown, died peacefully, Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at the Samuel Stratton V.A. Medical Center in Albany, with his family by his side following a short illness.
Born in Troy, June 20, 1942, Ernie was the son of the late William and Grace (Brenenstuhl) Kershaw and the husband of the late Jean (Abrams) Kershaw who predeceased him in 2009.
Ernie attended Troy City Schools and Troy High School.
After leaving high school early, Ernie worked for several years prior to entering the United States Navy. While serving, Ernie was stationed aboard the USS Topeka CLG-8 and the USS Independence CV-62 and earned several awards for Meritorious Service, an expert marksman classification with M-16 rifle and a General Equivalency Degree diploma, of which he was very proud. After a combined 30 years of active and reserve service, Ernie was honorably discharged in June 1980.
Throughout his adult life Ernie was a dairy farmer and co-owner of the Kershaw Brothers Dairy Farm in Raymertown. After more than 50 years of operation he retired in 2008.
Mr. Kershaw was a member of the Schaghticoke Fair Veterans Hall, a member and past commander of the V.F.W. Post in Valley Falls, a former Commissioner of the Raymertown Fire District, a member of Agri-Mark and a member of the Brunswick “Hogs” motorcycle club. In his quiet time Ernie was an avid reader and enjoyed riding his motorcycle to the Valley Falls Public Library and to visit his farming friends and neighbors.
Ernie is survived by a daughter and her husband, Sandra Kershaw and Jeff Cutler of Cohoes and a son and daughter-in-law, Del and Jeanine Kershaw of Raymertown and two grandchildren, Christopher Stilson and Kylie Stilson and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his late wife and parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, the late Jack Kershaw and William Kershaw.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, November 4, 2016 at 7:00 P.M., at the Howard B. Tate & Son Funeral Home Inc., 2237 NY Route 7, located in Raymertown. Burial at sea of Ernie’s cremated remains will take place at the convenience of the family. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Friday, from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M., prior to the service.
At Ernie’s request, no flowers please but rather a contribution if desired may be made to the Schaghticoke Fair Veterans Hall, 168 Sleepy Hollow Road, Valley Falls, NY 12185 in memory of Ernest “Ernie” Kershaw.