Gordon K. Petteys, 89, of Eddy Street, died on Wednesday, May 7, 2008, at his home surrounded by his loving family following a brief illness.
Born in Easton on December 19, 1918, be was the youngest child of James and Nettie Mae (Case) Petteys.
Gordon graduated from Greenwich Central School, where he met his future wife, Marion Humphrey, at a basketball game. Where they raised eight children. They celebrated 50 years of marriage with family and friends in 1989.
A farmer his entire life, Gordon was proud of the fact that, while in his early twenties, he took over the family farm from his father. He ran a successful trucking business, bought and sold hay and cattle, and could always be seen at the auctions with his trademark unlit cigar in his mouth. He was known for his work ethic and was still driving tractors until just two years ago.
Gordon was an avid horseman and was well known throughout the harness racing community. He owned several successful horses and won many awards, including the Howard Parker Memorial Award for “distinguishing himself in the sport of harness racing.” His niece, Linda Flynn, was his trainer for many years.
Gordon delighted in telling stories about days gone by. He was also incredibly proud of his large family and their accomplishments. He loved family gatherings, graduations, weddings and holidays. He was recently awarded a lifetime membership in The Masonic Fraternity.
In addition to his parents and his wife, Marion, who died on February 4, 1992, he was predeceased by two sisters, Helen Briggs and Alice Flynn, and three brothers, Alton, Harold, and Alvin Petteys.
He is survived by five daughters, Karen (Clifford) Wright, Cheryl (John) Walsh, and Michele (Paul) Stewart, all of Greenwich, Tracy (Don) McEachron of Salem, and Gina Acee of Sherburne, NY; three sons, Jim (Karen) Petteys of Roy, Utah, Rick (Sue) Petteys of Granville, and Stephen Petteys of Greenwich; 21 grandchildren, Kelly Moore, Carla Wright, Kara (Rob) Wachter, Cathy (Eric) Mosher, Michael (Carla) Walsh, Erin Moxley, Brian (Angie) Petteys, Carrie (fiancee Chris Nccdham) Petteys, Jesse Petteys, Christopher and Bradley Petteys, Sarah, Seth, and Amber McEachron, Dr. Alecia (Kris) Van Wagner, Jeffrey and Emily Acee, David (Rene) Bain, Rory (fiancee Sarah Molinar) Petteys, Daniel Petteys and Cassidy Petteys; three step-grandchildren; John (Lisa), Rick, and Tim (Valerie) Stewart; 17 great-grandchildren, with two additions expected this year; a special niece, Linda Flynn of Greenwich; many nieces, nephews, and his wonderful niece and caregiver, Cindy Schneible of Greenwich.
A funeral service was held Monday, May 12, 2008 at the Bottskill Baptist Church in Greenwich with Rev. Sandra Spaulding officiating. Interment followed in the Greenwich Cemetery.
Friends called Sunday at Flynn Bros Inc. Funeral Home at 80 Main Street in Greenwich.