CARTHAGE, NY — Leslie I. Gyurko, 97, of 35322 Putman Hill Road, passed away in the early hours of Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown.
Born April 22, 1921, in Sperryville, New York, a son of the late Ignatz and Esther Gyurko, he attended a rural country school in Natural Bridge before going onto attend Carthage High School.
He was a retired farmer, neighborhood mechanic, and civilian employee of Fort Drum. As a very young man, he had his own milk route service, delivering milk to local milk processing plants.
On June 29, 1946, he married Ruth M. Slye, daughter of Grace and Eber Slye, in St. James Catholic Church, Carthage, with the Rev. J. Karlton Dewey officiating.
Leslie enjoyed music, dancing, antique tractors and spending time with his family. He also enjoyed visiting with his many friends.
Leslie is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 73 years, Ruth; their two children, Karlton Gyurko of Carthage and Valerie Gyurko of Latham; a sister, Helen Redman of Carthage; two grandchildren, Kathleen and Kyle Gyurko; a great-granddaughter, Kaelynn; a great-grandson, Jackson; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He is predeceased by his parents, Esther and Ignatz Gyurko; two brothers, James and Joseph Garris; a brother, Louis Gyurko, who passed in infancy; as well as a daughter-in-law, Nancy Gyurko.
A private family prayer service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20, 2019, at St. James Catholic Church with Father Donald Robinson officiating. The burial will be held privately in Hillside Cemetery, Natural Bridge. A public wake and memorial mass will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, condolences may be made to St. James Catholic Church, 327 West St, Carthage, NY 13619; the Carthage Area Rescue Squad 200 Riverside Dr., Carthage, New York 13619; or to the Great Bend Fire Department/Rescue Squad, 32768 State Route 26, Great Bend, New York 13643.
Arrangements are entrusted to Lundy Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Inc.
Online condolences may be made online at www.lundyfuneralhome.com.