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John David Underhill

SKANEATELES — John David Underhill, 87, of 9 West Elizabeth St., Skaneateles, passed away July 17, 2019, at Upstate University Hospital.

Born in Auburn, he was the son of the late Howard L. and Lavinia (Pace) Underhill. John was a 1950 graduate of East High School, a 1954 graduate of St. Lawrence University where he was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa, and received his Masters of Accounting in 1955 from Columbia University. John proudly served his country in the U.S. Army before his 35-year career with IBM as a sales and marketing executive.

In his earlier years, John was an acolyte at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, a lifeguard on Owasco Lake, an Eagle Scout, and the director of his own band, “The Old Lamplighters.” In retirement John enjoyed boating on Skaneateles Lake, daily trips to The Skaneateles Bakery, playing his clarinet in the Skaneateles Town Band, and spending time at the Skaneateles County Club.

John had a deep love and appreciation for the Finger Lakes. Though his career took the family on four international assignments and to many domestic cities, John always knew he wanted to return to this area in retirement.

He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Gretchen Jensen Underhill; their children, David (Kathleen) Underhill, Susan Grace, Thomas (Marjorie) Underhill, Catherine (Christopher) Stone, and John (Lisa) Underhill; 13 grandchildren, Emily, Claire, Kristina, Sarah, Nicholas, Katelynn, Christopher, Caroline, Benjamin, Anna, Victoria, Cate, and Alexandra; and Bingley, a very special and loyal black lab.

Calling hours will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, at Langham Funeral Home, Auburn. A private family graveside burial will take place on Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make contributions in John’s memory to a charity of their choice.

Please visit www.Langhamfuneralhomellc.com to leave a condolence or memory for the family.

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