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Bruca Leighton Scudder

November 6, 1925 ~ February 17, 2018 (age 92)

Big Indian-
B. Leighton Scudder, 92 of Rt. 28 died Saturday February 17, 2018 at his son's home in Vestal,NY. He was born November 6, 1925 in Margaretville son of the late Bruce and Ola Lehtonen Scudder. He was a life-time resident of Halcott, having walked from the dairy farm to the one-room school house on Portertown Hill, and eventually transitioning to the big school in Fleischmanns. He and his wife met at a square dance, being called by Hilton Kelly. They married on Dec. 26, 1949 and had enjoyed dancing in various venues and winning awards for many years. Leighton was fourth generation of his family to operate the dairy farm, and his family was involved in the Delaware County Anti-war rent rebellion in the mid-1840's. He was very proud to have been named the #2 Rated dairy farm for his milk's butter fat content in Delaware County. He was always evolving and re-inventing himself. Upon retirement from the dairy portion of the farm, he raised breeding heifers, which could be found all throughout the state. He was a life member of the Margaretville Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons and the Halcott Grange, where in 1940 he had become a sixth degree member of the NYS Grange. The Grange sponsored both bowling and basketball teams for which Leighton had played. He had been a multi year member of the Halcott Cemetery Board, and the New York State AGWAY Board. He was a former member of the Fleischmanns Methodist Church, and attended the Shandaken Church after moving to Big Indian. He and Kay were members of a post card club. He had a great appreciation for nature, and was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was an award winning amateur photographer whose credits include magazine covers for Catskill Life, and New York State Conservation. One of his photo entries to the Delaware County Fair was awarded the First Prize Blue Ribbon and the Best of Show. He has thousands of photos in his collection. Leighton had a hobby of collecting antique bottles that he had dug up from all around the Catskill's. Leighton was a gentle soul, who was a natural at meeting people and making new friends At age 70, when he relocated to his family's home in Big Indian, he continued to develop new friendships by joining the exercise group at the Pine Hill Community Center.
Surviving are his son Dane and his wife Patricia Sellevold-Scudder, grandsons: Adam and Jeremy, and great grandson Roarke Stoop. He was predeceased by his wife Katherine of sixty-seven years, in May of 2017.
A Service to Celebrate the Life of Leighton will be held at 11am on Saturday February 24, 2018 at the Shandaken Memorial United Methodist Church with Pastor Lee Stowe and Rev. Ralph Darmstadt. Spring interment at the family plot in the Halcott Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Shandaken Memorial United Methodist Church. Friends will be received on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9pm at the E. B. Gormley Funeral Home 87 Main St. Phoenicia. You may share a special memory with the family on Leighton's Memorial Page at www.gormleyfuneralhome.com

  • Visitation

    Friday, February 23
    2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    E. B. Gormley Funeral Home

    87 Main Street
    Phoenicia, NY
    845.688.5500

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, February 24
    11:00 AM

    Shandaken Memorial United Methodist Church

    Rt. 28
    Shandaken, NY

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