Harry G. “Woody” Schlegel of Cochecton, NY died August 5, 2011, at Julia Ribaudo Extended Care Center in Lake Ariel, PA. He was 85.
The son of Harry Edward and Verna Smith Schlegel, he was born August 1, 1926 in Sunbury, PA.
A retired video engineer for the American Broadcasting Company, Woody began his radio career at WKOK in Sunbury, PA in 1943. He built his first radio station WHGB in Harrisburg in 1945. He served in the U.S. Army from 1946-48. He was president of the National Assn. of Broadcasting Employees & Technicians Local #11 (NABET) and then later a regional director of NABET, and Regional Director of Network Affairs for NABET.
Woody was past president of the Cochecton Democratic Club, the Cochecton Preservation Society, the New York C.B. Club; a past Democratic committeeman for the Town of Cochecton and past vice-chairman of the Sullivan County Democratic Committee. He was owner and operator of Eagle’s Nest Electronics and C.B. Repair Shop. He was a Boy Scout Leader in East Brunswick, NJ, and a Sunday school teacher.
A family statement reads: “Woody was a joy and an inspiration—a loving husband, father and grandfather.”
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy “Dottie” DeLauro Schlegel at home; children Bruce Schlegel and wife Julia Ann of Youngsville, NY and Cindy Beliawsky of Florida; stepchildren Diane Jesmonth and husband Philip of Albany and their children, Kaitlyn and Christine, John Lisone and his wife Robyn of East Haven, CT; and his dog Bear, at home.
He is predeceased by sisters Audrey and Rhoda Schlegel.
Services were held Monday, August 8, at Our Lady of the Lake Church, Lake Huntington, NY, with Fr. Bill Scully, OFM officiating. Burial was in East Cochecton Cemetery, East Cochecton, NY.
Donations may be made to Sullivan County SPCA, 25 Rock Hill Dr., Rock Hill, NY 12775 or The Kidney Dialysis Foundation, 30 E. 33rd St., NY, NY 10016.