Roger T. La Valley

1949 - 2016

MIDDLEFIELD CENTER - Roger T. La Valley, 66, of Middlefield Center, died March 5, 2016, at his residence. 

He was born June 21, 1949, in Little Falls, a son of Eugene and Tresa (Lasher) La Valley. 

On March 10, 1969, Roger enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served his country with Company A 1st Battalion Armored Division during the Vietnam War. Among some of the decorations and commendations he received was the Silver Star Medal (the third highest military decoration for valor awarded for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States) and the Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters. He received his Honorable Discharge from the Military on March 9, 1971, having attained the rank of SP4. 

He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans. 

Roger is survived by his two brothers, Ronald W. La Valley of Baltimore, Maryland and Garry A. La Valley of Fort Plain.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Joanne M. Bresee La Valley, who died November 6, 2011, as well as a sister, Caroline M. Frasier, and a brother, Junior Eugene La Valley. 

A graveside service will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 2, 2016, at the Fort Plain Cemetery in Fort Plain, with Military Honors to be accorded by members of the Cooperstown Veterans Club and the New York State Military Forces Honor Guard.

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.

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