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Who Fred Mack
What Fred Mack, Leader of Echo Valley Rangers
When December 11, 2009
Where Hopewell Junction, NY

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Frederick James Mekeel, 85 of Hopewell Junction, NY, died Friday, December 11, 2009 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. Born in E. Fishkill on July 19, 1924, he was the son of James and Alice Horton Mekeel.

Mr. Mekeel attended Beacon High School and SUNY at New Paltz. He served his country during WW-II with the US Army and was the recipient of several battle stars and good conduct medals.

He began his career in the maintenance department with The Harold Tribune Fresh Air Fund in Fishkill and met his wife while employed there.

On November 7, 1964 in Danbury,CT., he married Willa Edmundson.

He later was employed by Merritt Brooklands in Fishkill.

Mr. Mekeel was a talented self taught musician who played both the fiddle and guitar. He was the lead member of the Fred Mack Echo Valley Rangers, a country band which played throughout the Hudson Valley. He was a member of American Federation of Musicians.

In addition to his wife Willa who resides at home, Mr. Mekeel is survived by his two daughters; Sharon Fischer and her husband George of Clinton Corners, and Donna Benjamin and her husband Jim of Fenton,MO.; his 8 grandchildren, Renee Holmes of Tampa,FL., Erica Meise of Hopewell Jct., George Fischer of Kennesaw,GA., Laura, Pam, and Charles Benjamin , all of Missouri, James David Mekeel of Wappingers Falls, and Diana Rabidou of Malone,NY.; and his 10 great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his son Frederick James Mekeel Jr.

Visitation was Tuesday 1-5 pm at Robert H. Auchmoody Funeral Home, 900 Rt. 82, Hopewell Junction. Interment will be in Fishkill Rural Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made in Freds memory to Dutchess County ASPCA.

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