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Conrad J. Ham, 84, Millbrook Resident

MILLBROOK, N.Y. – Conrad J. Ham, 84, died Friday, Dec. 4 at his home.

A lifelong resident of Millbrook, he was born May 21, 1931, in Poughkeepsie, to J. Frederick and Bernice Benham Ham. Ham graduated from Millbrook High School in 1948 and received an associate’s degree in agriculture from Cornell University in 1950. He operated the family farm in Millbrook from 1950 to 1967 and then worked as a heavy equipment operator for Wiltse Brothers of Poughkeepsie until 1987. He also owned and managed Washington Gravel Inc. until 2002.

On June 14, 1952, he married Jean Fitch in Woodstock, Vermont.

He became a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1956. He was very active in the church, and he helped in the construction of the chapel and buildings on Mitchell Avenue in Poughkeepsie. He served in many church positions and was a church elder for 40 years.

In the community, he served as a member and then chairman of the Town of Washington Zoning Board of Appeals for 50 years. He also served as secretary/treasurer of the Washington Hollow Cemetery Association for 32 years. His favorite activities were gardening, camping, hiking, or just walking, especially with his children and grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, Jacqueline Ham; Lawrence Ham and wife, Sally; Edwin Ham and wife, Jill; and Beverly Ham; five grandchildren; a brother of Concord, New Hampshire, and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Tuesday from 3-6 p.m. followed by a funeral service at 7 p.m. at Allen Funeral Home, 3270 Franklin Avenue in Millbrook. Interment will be Wednesday, Dec. 9 at Washington Hollow Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Washington Hollow Cemetery Association c/o Laura Wetzel, Treasurer, 17 Stanley St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603.

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