VERMONTVILLE -Milton H. Cass, 94, of Vermontville, died Friday, May 25, 2012, at home following a short illness.
Born in Vermontville on Sept. 29, 1917, he was the son of Rufus and Rhoda (Rogers) Cass. He married Kathleen J. Swinyer on Sept. 14, 1940. She predeceased him on Aug. 9, 2005.
Mr. Cass was a lifelong resident of Vermontville. He began his working life as a self-employed trucker and worked a farm with his father. During WWII he worked construction in the area. In 1950 he went to work as a mechanic for Gene Christian at the Buick Garage in Saranac Lake. The garage was later operated by Dick Gladd and he continued there until 1968. He was later a school bus driver and a mechanic at the bus garage. He was town of Franklin Highway supervisor from 1977 to 1981. He operated a Mr. Softee ice cream business out of his home from 1969 until 1974 and traveled to area campsites. He enjoyed traveling with his wife Kathleen and surf fishing at Cape Hatteras.
He is survived by a son, Gordon Cass and his wife Jo-Ann; a daughter, Geneva Romeo, of Vermontville; five grandchildren: Marc Cass and his wife Missy, Megan Nelson and her husband Robert, Patrick Romeo and his wife Rebi, Bruce Romeo and his wife Maureen, and Derrick Romeo; six great-grandchildren: Maryssa Romeo, Cassidy Romeo, Brant Cass, Shantel Heller, Jordyn Nelson and Noelle Cass; and a sister-in-law, Ruth Liepzenmayer.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother.
Funeral arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. A graveside service will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 2, at Union Cemetery in Vermontville with the Rev. David Drake officiating.
Friends wishing to remember Milton H. Cass may make memorial contributions to Bloomingdale Volunteer Fire Department, the Saranac Lake Volunteer Rescue Squad or the High Peaks Hospice in care of the funeral home.