Herbert R. Kling, 95

July 14, 2009

MAY 10, 1914-JULY 12, 2009

Rotterdam, N.Y. - Herbert R. Kling, 95, of Shirlwood Drive, Schenectady, N.Y., formerly of Fonda, N.Y., and a winter residence in Wauchula, Fla., passed away Sunday evening at his home in Rotterdam, with his loving family at his side.

Born May 10, 1914, in Sharon Springs, N.Y., he was the son of the late William Morrell Kling and Lillian Fraats Kling.

He was also predeceased by a sister, Helen (Maisie) Fraats Phillips; brothers, William Collingwood Kling and John Luther Kling; and a grandson, Stuart Carpenter.


Married Jan. 1, 1944, to Eleanor Butts of Martinsburg, W.Va., he was widowed Jan. 2, 1991.

He is survived by daughter, Helen (Wayne) Carpenter; eight grandchildren, Michelle (Jeffrey) Barnett, Nicole (Ed) Saczawa, Robert (Laurie) Carpenter, Stephanie (Bill) Hanrahan, Theresa Carpenter, Joseph Carpenter, Julia Carpenter and Thomas Carpenter; and eight great-grandchildren, Ben Barnett, Freedom and Faith Gamache, Alexa and Sheila Carpenter, Cole Saczawa, Robert James and Alexander Carpenter. He also is survived by his wife, Mildred Brajkovich Alessi, whom he married Feb. 14, 1993; two daughters, Tina Prewitt and Tami (James) Cole; four grandchildren, Morgan Williams, Ahndreahna Prewitt, and Elizabeth and J. Bryan Cole. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He graduated from Sharon Springs Central School in 1932 and from Cornell University in 1936. He completed a general agricultural course at the College of Agriculture, and returned to do graduate work for a master's degree, which was earned in farm management and statistics in 1938. He also served as a graduate assistant in the agricultural economics department, was awarded tuition scholarship and started working for his Ph.D., then left for practical experience.

He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, honorary scholastic fraternity, a TKE fraternity brother, and graduated in the upper 5 percent of his class at Cornell. Cornell University remained dear to his heart. As such, he received many accolades for his ongoing support of the university.

Herbert maintained interest in the dairy industry throughout his lifetime, serving in many jobs pertaining to the industry.

He was employed at the Interstate Milk Producers' Cooperative as an economist prior to enlisting in the Army in November 1942. He served in military intelligence during World War II until April 29, 1946, with an honorable discharge as a master sergeant.

He returned to the Interstate Cooperative in 1946, and on March 1, 1947, commenced employment with the Department of Agriculture and Markets, New York State, as a senior statistician, then senior research analyst.

He was appointed director of milk control on July 16, 1958. In May 1974, his position was renamed director of dairy industry services. He retired from the department on May 31, 1983.

On July 1, 1983, he became employed by Sen. L.S. Riford Jr., chairman of the New York State Senate Agriculture Committee. Upon Sen. Riford's retirement, he transferred to the legislative commission on Dairy Industry Development in 1986, of which Sen. John M. McHugh was chairman.

Herbert retired April 1, 1995. He was a co-author of the Dairy Compact Legislation. Subsequently, the Northeast Interstate Dairy Compact became effective by the state legislatures in each state and by congressional approval in July 1997.

Appointed to the board of directors, Central National Bank, Canajoharie, N.Y., in January 1961, he retired from the position in May 1991. Herbert was also appointed by the governor as a trustee at FMCC from 1978 to 1988.

Family will receive relatives and friends Wednesday, July 15, 2009, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Bond Funeral Home, 1614 Guilderland Ave., Schenectady.

A graveside service will be private at Evergreen Cemetery, Fonda, N.Y.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Herbert's memory to a charity of one's choice.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam, N.Y.

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