ADAMS, NY — Frederick Putnam Millard, 94, of 87 E. Church St., Country View Apartments, Adams, NY, died Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, at the home of his daughter, Lydia, Belleville, NY.
Born Dec. 24, 1924, in Watertown, NY, the only son of Dyer Fillmore and Gladys Mae Putnam Millard, he graduated from Union Academy Belleville in 1946 upon his return from World War II.
Fred left school to join the US Navy in December of 1943 and was honorably discharged Feb 1946. He served in the Pacific Theater and received a Purple Heart; WW II Victory Ribbon-4 stars,; American Theater ribbon; New York State Service medal; Asiatic-Pacific Theater ribbon-4 stars; Philippine Liberation 1 star; Philippine Presidential Unit Citation; Navy Unit Commendation ; American Campaign Medal, Navy Occupation Service Medal w/Asia clasp; and the Naval Good Conduct medal. At the end of the war he took part in a POW evacuation out of Borneo.
Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 1946, he married Cora Elizabeth Barney, daughter of Mark M. and Genevieve Williams Barney, at the Belleville Methodist Church with the late Rev. Miles Hutchinson officiating. Elizabeth died Dec. 2, 2008, shortly after celebrating their 62nd wedding anniversary.
Frederick was a 69-year member of the Belleville Rising Light Masonic Lodge #637. In 2007 he received the Dedicated Service Award of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York. He was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Belleville Eudora Chapter, the Belleville United Methodist Church and a trustee with the Henderson Historical Society, 2003-2005.
He was employed through the years by Richard Ennis Farm Implement Store, of Burrville; Bob Henry Farm Implement of Belleville; Eastman Brothers Construction of Ellisburg; the Town of Ellisburg; the Green Thumb program at Southwicks Beach State Park; and for one season he worked on a Great Lakes cargo steamship.
He also enjoyed snowmobiling and making maple syrup at the Stone House.
After retirement, he and Elizabeth spent 10 years traveling with their 5th-wheel camper visiting family and friends during the winter months who lived in the warmer climates.
Fred is survived by a son, Gail (Ann) Millard, Watertown; two daughters, Lydia A. Miller (Dennis Brown) of Belleville; Mary Millard (Paul VanBrocklin) of Cheyenne, WY; his sister Laurna Hoffman of Fulton; a sister-in-law, Cynthia Barney, Florida; 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and 2.5 great great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth; a daughter, Susan; a son-in-law, Lawrence Miller, brothers-in-law, Merrill Hoffman and Marshall Barney; and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Richard and Helen Barney.
Calling hours will be 1 to 3 and 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, followed by a Masonic Funeral Service at 7:00 p.m.
The funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, at Carpenter Stoodley Funeral Home, Belleville, NY.
Donations may be made to the Frederick P. & Cora Elizabeth B. Millard Memorial Scholarship, UAB Board of Trustees Scholarship Fund in c/o Marisa Riordan, POB 129, Belleville, NY 13611.
The family would like to thank our many friends for their steady support and especially our extended families that helped make Dad and Gramp’s final days fulfilled.
Online condolences may be made at www.carpenterstoodley.com