Richard A. Lais

Richard A. Lais, 69, of Fort Hunter, passed away peacefully at his home on July 16, 2013. His loving family was by his side. Born in Amsterdam, N.Y. on August 17, 1943, he is the son of the late Harry F. Lais and Ruth M. Calhoun Lais.

Dick is a lifetime resident of the area and a graduate of the Wilbur H. Lynch High School. He served in the United States Navy from 1961 until he was honorably discharged in 1965. Dick owned his own construction company and he most recently was employed by Lexington Center in Gloversville as the Director of Purchasing for 29 years. He enjoyed hunting in his younger years along with being outdoors and building. He also liked to read and spend time with his family and friends. He is a former member of the Glen Reformed Church, the Fulton County Rotary Club, a past member of the Amsterdam Chamber of Commerce and was a Boy Scout Leader for many years. Dick also was a lifetime member of the Fort Hunter Engine and Hose Company and was a member at the St. Patrick’s Masons Lodge in Johnstown.

His loving family includes his wife, Sandy Waite Lais, whom he wed on September 29, 1984; a daughter, Patricia M. Lais; son, Michael J. Lais; a stepson, Richie (Lia) Knudsen, all of Tribes Hill; and a granddaughter, Cory Lais. He is survived by his beloved mother, Ruth Lais; a brother, James Lais of Tribes Hill; and aunts, uncles, nieces, cousins and many friends.

A funeral service will take place on Saturday, July 20, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the Jackson & Betz Funeral Home, 15 Main Street, Fultonville, NY 12072. Family and friends are invited to visit from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. before the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Community Hospice of Amsterdam, St. Patrick’s Masons or the Fort Hunter Engine and Hose Co. Please visit the family’s online guestbook at

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