John William Foutch, a beloved family man who loved the outdoors, died early Wednesday morning, May 4, 2011, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, following a valiant battle with cancer. He was 32.
Born March 10, 1979, at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, he was the son of James Richard Foutch and Joan Marie (Huff ) Foutch.
After attending Cooperstown Central School, he enlisted in the United States Army in 1997, and served as an Airborne Ranger.
Upon receiving his honorable discharge in 1999, he attended Devry University in Piscataway, N.J., where he earned an associate’s degree in computer science.
He was currently employed as a network engineer for Bassett Healthcare Network at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.
On Aug. 5, 2006, John married Heather Ann Thorpe in a ceremony on Otsego Lake aboard The Glimmerglass Queen, with The Honorable James F. Wolff, Otsego Town Justice and a good friend of John’s, officiating.
Throughout his life, John always enjoyed the outdoors. He especially enjoyed thesemi-annual family camping trips to Wanakena in the Adirondacks.
A longtime member of the NRA, he was a gun enthusiast, and loved target shooting. He also possessed great skill in working with electronics, and will be remembered for his ability to fix just about anything to do with computers.
Most of all, John loved his family. A loving dad, he would often place his son, Jack, in a backpack and take him for long walks in the woods. This memory, and many others, will keep John alive in the hearts of his family and friends.
John is survived by his wife, Heather, and their two sons, Jack Wyatt Foutch, who is 3 years old, and James Wayne Foutch, who is 10 months old, of Cooperstown; his parents, Joan and Jim Foutch, of Fly Creek; his mother-in-law, Sandra Thorpe, of Warwick, Rhode Island; his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Alene Foutch, of Fly Creek; his sister, Jenilee Bolton, and her husband, Michael, and their son, Bryce James Bolton, of Edmeston; a brother-in-law, Aaron Thorpe, and his wife, Kristin, and their son, Riley, of Warwick, Rhode Island; and aunts and uncles, Jeff and Jamie Foutch and John and Amy Foutch, and their children, Charles (and wife, Jenni) and Cathy.
John was preceded in death by his sister, Jennifer Marie Foutch; his fatherin- law, Wayne Thorpe; his maternal grandparents, Helen and Bill Huff; his paternal grandfather, Charles Richard Foutch; and, just this year, his 105-year-old paternal greatgrandmother, Maud Foutch.
Friends called at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown on Monday, May 9, 2011, from 4 to 7 p.m., when John’s family was in attendance. In keeping with John’s love of the outdoors, his memorial service will be offered outside on the lawn of his home at 553 County Highway 33, Cooperstown, at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 12, 2011, with Jim Wolff officiating.
The Foutch’s home is located just past the entrance for Brewery Ommegang, on the right. At the conclusion of the service Military Honorswill be accorded by members of the New York State Military Forces Honor Guard and members of the Cooperstown Veterans Club.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial gifts may bemade to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, 1120 South Goodman St., Colgate Divinity Campus, Rochester, NY 14620 or to an educational fund that has been
established for the benefit of John’s children, Jack and James, at the Leatherstocking Region Federal Credit Union, 24 Glen Ave., Cooperstown, NY 13326. Your thoughtfulness is very much appreciated by the family.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Published on  May 12, 2011