Lawrence Howard Dusharm, age 86, of Gouverneur passed away on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at the Kinney Nursing Home where he has resided just a short time.
Calling hours will be on Thursday, October 14th at French Funeral Home, Gouverneur from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. His funeral service will be held on Friday at the funeral home at 11:30 a.m. with Rev. Karen Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in the East Riverside Cemetery, Gouverneur.
Lawrence was born on September 27, 1924 in Antwerp to the late Howard and Sylvia (Dimmick) Dusharm. He served in the United States Navy during WWII from 1943 until his honorable discharge in 1946. Lawrence was a Seaman First Class and had received the American Theater Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Medal and the WWII Victory Med
He married Joan H. Thrasher on July 14, 1946 at the Trinity Episcopal Church with Rev. Paul Rowley officiating. Mrs. Dusharm passed away on August 25, 2000.
Mr. Dusharm was a longtime dairy farmer. In addition to working the farm he also did work for Gouverneur Talc, Rouse Construction, Riverside Ironworks, Gouverneur Iron, RSI, and Gouverneur Roofing. He had also worked as a Conservation Operation Supervisor One for the NYS DEC for fifteen years until his retirement in 1987.
Lawrence enjoyed hunting, fishing and going to the casino. He loved his time spent camping with his grandsons.
His survivors include four daughters, Arita and husband Alden Hale of Russell, Marsha Canning and companion Robert Drake of Gouverneur, Laurie and husband David Bush of Gouverneur, and Heather and husband David Skeldon of East Stroudsburg, PA; two sons and their wives, Larry W. and Donna Dusharm and Marc and Sue Dusharm, both of Gouverneur; his sister, Helen McIntosh of Fine; his brother, David Dusharm of Fine; his companion, Inez Spicer; and 19 grandchildren and 45 great grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his wife, Joan; a son, Bruce Dusharm; three brothers, Clyde, Wesley, and Lester Dusharm; a grandson, Benjamin Skeldon; and a great grandson, Aaron Simmons.
Donations in memory of Lawrence may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley.