Carlton J. ‘Dutch’ Niederhofer, 87, of Stanford Dr., Homer, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 17, 2013 in the Cortland Regional Medical Center.
He was born June 23, 1926 in Lancaster, NY, a son of the late Carl and Margaret Becker Niederhofer and was a 1944 graduate of Homer High School.
He was honorably discharged from the US Army, following his faithful service during World War II, from 1944 – 1946.
Dutch was the co-owner, along with his brother, LaVerne, of Acme Lumber Co. for more than 30 years. He was the developer and builder of several tracts in the area including Lamont Circle, Burgett Drive, and Bowling Green.
Mr. Niederhofer was a longtime communicant of St. Margaret’s Church, Homer, where he served as an usher for many years. He was also a member of the Burns-McAuliffe Post 465 American Legion of Homer and the Homer Lodge 2506 B.P.O.E.
An avid outdoorsman, Dutch was a lifemember of the Homer Rod & Gun Club, where he was honored with the dedication of Dutch Niederhofer Frostbite League in honor of his 46 years of shooting in the league.
Surviving is his wife of 63 years, Patricia Cotter Niederhofer, his six children, Chris (John) Truex of Cortland; Nancy (Joe) Cowan of Webster, NY; Janis (Mark) Hartnett of Tully; Carla (Phil) Juhas of Bethlehem, CT; Joseph Niederhofer of Homer and Nancy Ryan (Don Arnoldy) of Camas, WA. Also surviving are his eight loving grandchildren, Alan (Erin) Truex, Mark Truex (Diane Abbey), Trisha, Brent and Greg Hartnett, Natalie Lipton (Peter Harris), Joel Lipton and Molly Hill, and a great grandson, Nolan Truex.
He was predeceased by a son, John Niederhofer, his brother, LaVerne Niederhofer; a sister, Ruth Lawlor and a son-in-law, Mike Lipton.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 21, 2013 in St. Margaret’s Church, 14 Copeland Ave., Homer, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Paul J. Alciati.
Calling hours will be held on Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the Donald L. Barber Funeral Home, 5016 N. Main St., Homer.
Memorial contributions in Dutch’s name may be directed to St. Margaret’s Church or the Cortland Loaves and Fishes, 13 Court St., Cortland, NY 13045.