Robert F. Church, 72, of Canton passed away on Friday, April 6, 2018 while in his sleep. In accordance with is wishes, there will be no calling hours or funeral service.
Robert was born June 21, 1945 in Canton, New York along with his twin brother, Dennis to the late F. Walton and Kathryn (Trageser) Church. Following high school he entered the US Navy. Upon his return from service, Robert worked as an electrician and helped run the family farm, taking over completely following the passing of his father. A marriage to Diane Tiernan Church ended in divorce. Robert married Valerie Baxter on November 24, 1999.
He was a member of the Canton VFW Post 1231. He enjoyed scuba diving, hunting and fishing and was a member of the Quebec Brook Club and the local chapter of the Free and Accepted Mason’s.
Robert is survived by his wife, Valerie Church of Canton; by a son Spencer Church of Hermon; daughter, Jennifer Church of Canton; step-son David Burke (Tasha Bessette) of Canton; brother, Dennis (Cheryl) Church of North Carolina; grandchildren, Travis and McKenzie Church and Lennox Anne Burke; great grandson, Owen Walton Church and by nieces and nephews.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Canton FFA; c/o Carol Wright, 99 State Street, Canton, NY 13617; your local 4H Club; the VFW Post 1231; Gouverneur Street; Canton, New York 13617 or to Canton Rescue Squad; 77 Riverside Drive; Canton, New York 13617.
Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.olearyfuneralservice.com. Arrangements for Mr. Robert F. Church are under the care of the O’Leary Funeral Service of Canton.
Canton Rescue Squad
77 Riverside Drive, Canton NY 13617
Edward C. Seymour VFW Post 1231
34 Gouverneur Street, Canton NY 13617
Canton Central FFA
99 State Street, Canton NY 13617