Richard (“Dick”) Kaser, Sr. - December 22, 2015

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 Pittsfield, Maine and Selkirk, New York – Richard (“Dick”) Kaser, Sr. died peacefully on December 22nd, 2015 in his home in Pittsfield. He was 79 years old.

Dick was born in Albany, the second and youngest son of Paul A. Kaser, Sr. and Amy K. Kaser (née Reamer). He graduated from Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School in 1953, and from Cobleskill-SUNY in 1956, with an Associates in Engineering.

He married Jean Ann Kaser (née Barba) in March of 1957. Together they raised a daughter and a son: Deborah Johnson of Pittsfield, Maine and Richard (“Rick”) Kaser of Old Ravena Road, Selkirk. He had six grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren. 

Dick was an Operating Engineer and Diesel Mechanic for L.B. Smith for 3 years, and then he became their Sales Office Manager for the next 13 years. From there he moved on to the Mar-Van Crane Company and was their Operations Manager and Rigging Superintendant for 7 years. In his later years he worked for himself as a contractor, and then for Security Supply Plumbing and Heating as an Inside Sales person on the counter. 

Dick was a past member of Ancient Temple Lodge #14 for 37 years, and was a past secretary of Ancient City Lodge #452. He was also a past member and the first President of Selkirk Fire Company #1.

Dick was an animal lover all of his life, having had a horse as a boy, and many beloved dogs across the years. He enjoyed camping, shooting, boating, fishing, the Adirondacks, the Maine Coast, and spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. 

He was predeceased by Jean, his beloved wife of 52 years.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday the 27th at Babcock Funeral Home in Ravena.