Henry Robert Staib, 63, passed away Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at home on the farm.
Born in Tiffin, Aug. 12, 1950, he was the son of the late Carl and Edith (Groman) Staib. He graduated from Mohawk High School in 1968.
Oct. 25, 1975, he was united in Christian marriage with Sherri Layne Withers at the Petersburg Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Robert Butcher.
Along with his wife of 37 years, he is survived by his three children and two daughters-in-love, J. Carl and Jamie of Chateaugay, Lori Marie of Massachusetts and Jon Henry and Melissa of Tennessee; and two granddaughters, Jordan Elizabeth and Jaylyn Grace. He also leaves behind two brothers, Harvey Staib of Tiffin, Calvin Staib of New Riegel and a sister, Carolyn Hare of Hereford, Ariz., along with many nieces and nephews.
Farming was his passion. He was a man of honesty and integrity. His handshake was worth more than a piece of paper. He always kept his word.
Their dream was to raise their children on a farm. Henry met Sherri while showing milking shorthorns, and he wanted his children to be able to have that experience. He had a lifetime membership of the Ohio Purebred Dairy Cattle Association. He loved to fly and had his pilot's license.
He operated the farm at 106 Smith Road, Chateaugay, N.Y., for 31 years and built it into what you see today. He lived his dream of having his own grain system and farming alongside his son.
He loved being "Papa Henry" and spoiling his granddaughters. Jordan learned quickly that Papa's lap after supper was the place to find a bowl of ice cream. Jaylyn was fed her first bite of ice cream on Papa's lap. His big arms were always able to soothe the babies and put them to sleep.
Henry drove school bus for Chateaugay Central School for 22 years. He was a member and treasurer of the Frontier Lodge No. 517 Free and Accepted Masons, where he was past master. He served on the Cornell Cooperative Extension Board for many years. He was a member of the Chateaugay United Methodist Church and served as treasurer for many years. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in August 1970. He received his honorary American FFA degree in 2001.
The family will receive friends 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at the corn barn on the family farm at 106 Smith Road, Chateaugay. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at the Chateaugay United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Franklin County 4-H and Youth Programming or New York State FFA Foundation Leadership Training for Youth.
Arrangements are with the Chateaugay Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.chateaugayfuneralhome.com.