Philip A. Hapeman, 81

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Philip A. Hapeman, 81, a lifelong Red Hook resident, passed away on Tuesday at The Baptist Nursing Home in Rhinebeck, NY.

For many years, Phil was the owner and operator of Hapeman Well Drilling in Red Hook. He also retired as bus driver for the Red Hook Central Schools and was the former Town of Milan Highway Superintendant.

Phil enjoyed harness racing and was a member of the NYS Harness Horse Breeders Association, United States Trotting Assoc., and the Empire Driving Club in Chatham

He also was the charter member of the Cokertown Rod & Gun Club, and was a former member of the Red Hook Fire Company.

Phil served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict.

Born on August 12, 1930, in Red Hook, NY, he was the son of the late Walter and Gertrude Hapeman.

Philip married Yvonne Wilkins on 1983 and she survives in Red Hook.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son; John Hapeman of Shelburne Falls, MA, three daughters; Phyllis Hapeman of Rhinebeck, Twyla Miles of Rochester, and Joyce Champlin of Tivoli, a stepson; Thomas Wilkins of Red Hook, a stepdaughter; Suzanne McKethen of Sheridan, WY, seven grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Phil was predeceased by three brothers; George, Oswald, and Charles Hapeman, and his step mother; Muriel (Hagadorn) Hapeman.

Graveside services and burial will take place at 1:30 PM on Saturday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Red Hook.

There will be no calling hours.

Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY.

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