January 14, 1929 - December 22, 2010

Montgomery, NY

Charles E. Wille, a life-long resident of Montgomery, passed away on December 22, 2010, at Orange Regional Medical Center after a brief illness, surrounded by his loving family.

The son of Charles and Minnie Wille, he was born January 14, 1929 in Middletown.

Charlie graduated from Montgomery High School in 1946 and received his degree in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University in 1950. Following his graduation, he worked as an inspector for the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture in Washington, DC, and then served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Big Delta, Alaska. He then returned to Montgomery where he owned and operated a successful family dairy farm and a real estate business for over 55 years.

Charlie was dedicated to many community organizations and causes and his commitment to the agricultural community was without peer. He served as president of the N.Y.S. Farm Bureau for nine years, was a member of the American Farm Bureau national board and vice president of the Farm Family Insurance Company. He was a member of the advisory council to Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the advisory council to N.Y.S. Dept. of Agriculture and Markets. In addition, he was a member of the board of directors of the Foundation for Agricultural Education and a member of the Empire State Food and Agricultural Leadership Institute and the agricultural advisory board of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County.

He was a member of the first school board for the Valley Central School district, an elder and assistant treasurer of his church, a member of the Montgomery Board of Assessment Review, board member of the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Town of Montgomery Historic Preservation Commission, a member of the Hudson Valley Greenway Communities Council and a member of the Orange County Citizens Foundation.

He considered it a true honor to receive the Cornell University Outstanding Alumni Award and the Distinguished Service Awards from both the New York State Agricultural Society and the New York State Bureau.

Charlie had a passion for travel and immensely enjoyed his exploration of domestic and international destinations which included countless countries over five continents. Above all, he was a loving husband, father and grandfather whose first priority was always his family.

He is survived at home by his wife, Joan Roerden-Wille; his daughter, Susanne Wasson and her husband, Randy of Montgomery; grandsons, Reese Wasson and his wife, Johana of Huntington, and Garrett Wasson and his fiance, Anna Knuth of Nutley, NJ; stepdaughters, Gwen Rettoun and her husband, Adi of Callicoon, and Gayle Baloga and her husband, Tom of Goshen; stepsons, Gary Roerden and his wife, Marlene of Warwick, Michael Roerden and his wife, Alice of Copaigue, Robert Roerden and his fiance, Kass of Mt. Pleasant, SC, and Kevin Roerden and his wife, Toni of Folly Beach, SC, and brother-in-law, Allen Honeywell of Westtown, plus a large extended family. He was predeceased in 2003 by his wife of 51 years, Eleanor Sis Wille.

Visitation will be on Monday, December 27, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., at Millspaugh Funeral Home, 22 Bank St., Walden.

Funeral Services will be Tuesday, December 28, at 11 a.m., at First Presbyterian Church, Clinton St., Montgomery. The Rev. Paul Milz will officiate. Burial will be in Brick Church Cemetery in Montgomery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Montgomery, c/o 100 Union St., Montgomery, NY 12549 or Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County (for agricultural education), 18 Seward Ave., Suite 300, Middletown, NY 10940.

Arrangements were made by Millspaugh Funeral Directors; 845-778-3200. For directions or condolences, please visit www.millspaughfuneralhome.com.