Frederick Whitcomb


Chapel Knoll Cemetery
502 Victory Highway
Painted Post, New York, United States

Obituary of Frederick Charles Whitcomb

Frederick "Fred" Charles Whitcomb, age 92, of Painted Post, NY passed away on November 30, 2021 at Guthrie Troy Hospital in Troy, PA.

Fred was the son of Charles and Marion (Borst) Whitcomb of Coopers Plains, NY and was born on July 13, 1929 in Angelica, NY.  Fred attended Painted Post High School and was active in sports and excelled in baseball where he was a pitcher and second baseman. 

He joined the United States Marine Corps on July 31, 1948 and was honorably discharged on July 30, 1952.  He participated in the Korean War and spent 13 months in Korea where they made the Inchon Invasion.  They battled their way to North Korea and became trapped in the "Frozen Chosin Reservoir" battle.  Able to fight their way out, they regrouped in Pusan and made the Wonsan Invasion.  He had advance training as a forward observer where he called in firing missions on enemy troops. 

On August 8, 1952 he married his high school sweetheart, Audrey Hostrander in the United Methodist Church in Painted Post.  He built their home in Woodycrest, where they moved in 1960, and still remain.  They celebrated their 68th anniversary on August 8th. 

Fred started his own business in 1954 and due to health issues, retired in 2010.  Fred built and remodeled many homes in the Corning-Painted Post areas.  He loved bass fishing and was a charter member of the Corning Bass Club.  His love for baseball directed him toward coaching the Corning American Legion baseball team for many years. 

Above all else, his great love and interests were for kids and dogs—no matter whose kids or whose dogs.

Fred was a life member of the Corning Elks Lodge, Corning American Legion, and the VFW.  He was a member of the United Church of Painted Post for 69 years. 

In addition to his wife, Audrey, he is survived by many loving nieces and nephews: Darrie (Gail) Mase of Liberty, PA; Bruce (Ellen) Hostrander of Painted Post; Kimberly (and dear friend Linda DeGolyer) Hostrander of Elmira, NY; and Mark (Cathy) Hostrander of Mt. Juliet, TN; several great nieces and great nephews. 

Graveside services with full military honors will take place in Chapel Knoll Cemetery with Reverend David Preisendanz officiating.

Because of the pandemic, a Memorial Service will be held in Fred's honor sometime in the future and will be announced at that time.

Memorial donations may be made to the United Church of Painted Post, Painted Post Food Pantry, or to a charity of your choice.

Fred's care was entrusted to Haughey Funeral Home, Inc.

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