Stephen VanDusen, 73, Baldwinsville and formerly of Adams,
passed away Friday, Dec. 28, at the Monroe Regional Hospital
in Ocala, Fla.
Steve was born Dec. 11, 1939, in Little Falls, N.Y., a son
to Everett and Clara VanDusen. He was raised in Palatine
Bridge, NY, located in the Mohawk Valley, and graduated from
Canajoharie High School. Steve continued his education at
Harpur College (now SUNY Binghamton) for two years,
transferring to Murray State University in Kentucky where he
received his bachelors degree. He did graduate work at the
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and earned his
Masters Degree in Education Administration from St. Lawrence
In his early teaching years, Mr. VanDusen was the basketball
coach at Sackets Harbor School, later becoming the
basketball coach at Union Academy Belleville from 1970 to
1976. Steve then served as athletic director and principal
at Indian River Central High School. Following his
retirement from Indian River in 1989, Steve went back to
coaching basketball as an assistant coach for one year at
Canton College, three years at Jefferson Community College
in Watertown and one year at Glenville State College in West
"Coach" VanDusen enjoyed playing golf with friends
and was an avid New York Yankees baseball fan.
Steve married Judy Fowler on Oct. 5, 1963, in St. Johnsville,
N.Y. Mr. and Mrs. VanDusen have been winter residents of
Summerfield, Florida, since 1999.
Steve is survived by his wife Judy and his daughter Shelly
VanDusen, Baldwinsville, N.Y.
A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, at the
Beyers Funeral Chapel, Lady Lake, Fla. A memorial service
will be held locally in the spring at a day and time to be
Contributions may be made to the Boys and Girls Clubs of
Syracuse, 2100 East Fayette St., Syracuse, NY 13224
An online guestbook and condolences may be made at www.carpenterstoodley.com.
Arrangements are with Carpenter-Stoodley Funeral Home,
Information provided by Carpenter-Stoodley
Funeral Home and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.