December 10, 2013

Charles "Chuck" Surhoff

KEENE - Charles "Chuck" Surhoff, 97, of Keene died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 at the Elizabethtown Community Hospital in Elizabethtown.

He was born in Rochester, N.Y. on May 21, 1916 to Charles H. and Susie E. Surhoff.

Chuck moved to Keene in 1948 and bought and managed the cabins and gas station where the new Keene Fire House now stands. He sold the property in 1955 and worked as a master tool and die maker for 30 years in Plattsburgh and Lake Placid.

Chuck was very active in his community. He served several terms on the Keene Central School Board and was also a Trustee of the Keene Valley Congregational Church. One other source of pride and accomplishment was the establishment of the Keene Fire Department. He was one of the original charter members of the Department. With a borrowed truck from the Keene Valley Fire Department and some rakes and hoses, the Keene Fire Department was founded in 1952 due to the efforts of these men. It was a proud day for Chuck this past June to see the opening and dedication of the new Keene Fire Department and receive congratulations from the Town of Keene and Governor Cuomo.

Chuck was predeceased by his wife, Marge Surhoff; and his daughter, Cindy Surhoff Rand. He is survived by his stepchildren, Geri Robinson and her husband Gary of Spring Hill, Fla., Jacqueline Beatty and her husband Bob of East Meadow, N.Y., Maggie Sheldon and her husband Dan of Keene Valley, N.Y. and Edward Denning and his wife Elizabeth of East Meadow, N.Y. Chuck also had 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service to celebrate his life will be held at the Keene Valley Congregational Church at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Keene Fire Department, P.O. Box 136, Keene, NY 12942.

Arrangements are being handled by W.M. Marvin's Funeral Home in Elizabethtown.

Online condolences may be offered by visiting www.wmmar


Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Ada_66.jpg Ada E. Vassar

    WEST CHAZY — Ada E. Vassar, 87, of West Chazy passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014, at the CVPH Medical Center.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Best_Funeral_Services_67.jpg Wayne H. Nystrom

    SUN CITY, ARIZ. — Wayne H. Nystrom, 83, of Sun City, Ariz., died on April 9, 2014.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Linda A. Barber

    CROWN POINT/KEESEVILLE — Linda A. Barber, 65, of Keeseville, and formerly of Crown Point, passed away on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at the Horace Nye Home of Elizabethtown.

    April 18, 2014

  • MarbutJames.jpg James D. Marbut

    MOOERS FORKS — James D. Marbut, 58, of Bush Road, Mooers Forks, died on Monday, April 14, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer, at CVPH Medical Center, surrounded by his family.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • WayIrene.jpg Irene D. Way

    PERU — Irene D. Way, 74, of the Telegraph Road, Peru, passed peacefully on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Fletcher Allen Health Care with her loving family by her side.

    April 17, 2014 3 Photos

  • GirouxRoyal.jpg Royal Phillip Giroux

    CHAZY — Royal Phillip Giroux, 86, of Chazy, N.Y., passed away on April 12, 204 while at his home in Palm Harbor, Fla. under the care of his family and Hospice.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • LibertyClark.jpg Clark J. Liberty

    PLATTSBURGH — Clark J. Liberty, 62, of Military Turnpike in Plattsburgh, N.Y., died on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Thompson.jpg Charles C. Thompson

    WEST CHAZY — Charles C. Thompson, 90, of Jersey Swamp Road, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. 

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Lowmans_Arizona.jpg Gerard (Gerry) Broderick

    PHOENIX, ARIZ. — Gerard (Gerry) Broderick, 95, passed away peacefully Saturday, April 12 at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Murray and Judy Broderick in Phoenix, Ariz.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • NancyMountain.jpg Nancy Nash Johnson

    NASHVILLE, TENN. — Nancy Nash Johnson of Nashville, Tenn. passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, March 29, 2014 after a two year battle with breast cancer.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

Death Notices