John Pangman of Cobleskill died August 24, 2020. He was born in Howes Cave, a busy cement town, on December 20, 1931 to parents Donald and Agnes (Pat O’Brien) Pangman.
John attended Howes Cave and Bramanville Schools. He moved to Cobleskill in 1940 and graduated from the former Cobleskill Central School in 1949. He graduated from Morrisville Ag and Tech (SUNY) in 1951 with a degree in Automotive Technology.
John met Lorraine Thomas in 1948 at Warnerville Skating Rink and they were married August 9, 1952. He worked for his father at Pangman & Sons with his brothers Keith and James until 1953 when he left for the US Army. He served in the 2nd Armed Division 16AFA in Germany until honorably discharged in 1955.
John worked with his dad until he purchased the business with Lorraine in 1965. Four children came along, and all six family members worked at the station – the girls summers and nights after school until they graduated. Mom was the Bookkeeper and Brian ran the body shop until they sold the business in 1989.
The family lived on Elm Street for 15 years before buying and renovating a large farmhouse in Grosvenors Corners where they resided for 14 years. In 1986 they built their home in Cobleskill.
It wasn’t all work, they bought a camp at Sacandaga Lake in 1966, spending summer weekends and vacations with family and friends.
John and Lorraine loved to travel with their motor home. They visited all 50 states, flying to Hawaii twice, traveling to Europe – London and Spain and many of the Islands. They spent February in the Florida Keys for 17 years. Retiring in 1989 found them in the Lake Okeechobee area from January through April for 20 years.
John was an active member of Cobleskill Jaycees, and later a member of Cobleskill Chamber of Commerce serving as Vice President. He paraded with the Punkin Holler Gang for many years and was a member of the group that opened and planned the Historical Museum on the Fairgrounds. He was a member of the HH Franklin Club.
In retirement, John restored many of his antique cars having as many as fourteen at one time. He enjoyed searching for and collecting Cobleskill business signs and anything having to do with cars and gasoline.
John was predeceased by his parents Agnes and Donald, stepmother Virginia Falzarano Pangman, and brother Keith.
He is survived by his brother Lt. Col. James Pangman residing in Dallas, Texas, wife Lorraine, children Debra (Gustave) Christman, Brian (Susan) Pangman, Judy (Frank Johnson) Pangman, Jeanne (Mark) Mau; grandchildren Shaun (Annie) Pangman, Gustave (Allison Reilly) Christman III, Amy (Josh) McCann, Ashley (Mike) Trontoski, Gretchen Mau, Greydon Marlow, Analiese (Alex Chacho) Mau, Warren Mau, Arleigh Johnson; great grandchildren Bryce McCann, Addison Pangman, Joanna McCann, Isabele Pangman, Ivan Trontoski, Blake Trontoski and many nephews and nieces.
Family and friends are invited to a period of visitation to be held from 12PM to 2PM on Friday, August 28, 2020 at Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, 171 Elm St., Cobleskill. Face coverings and social distancing will be respected by all. A private service will be held for the family followed by inurnment in Cobleskill Rural Cemetery with military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in John’s honor to the Animal Shelter of Schoharie Valley, PO Box 40, Howes Cave, NY 12092, or Helios Care, 297 River St., Suite 1, Oneonta, NY 13820.
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Animal Shelter of Schoharie Valley, Inc.
PO Box 40, Howes Cave NY 12092
297 River Street Service Road Suite 1, Oneonta NY 13820