K. Channing Verbeck

                    December 21, 1929  -  September 18, 2009

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Brigadier General (NYARNG Ret) K. Channing Verbeck

General (Ret) K. Channing Verbeck of Lincolnshire, Illinois and Ramsey Shores, Henderson, New York passed away Friday, September 18, 2009 after a short illness. He was 79.

Born December 21, 1929 in Syracuse, New York to Karl H. W. and Mary Lighthall Verbeck, he lived most of his life in Manlius and Syracuse, New York. On May 30, 1953, he married Jane A. Gale, daughter of Pierce A. and Ruth DeLong Gale at Grace Episcopal Church in Syracuse. The couple had three sons, Channing Pierce Verbeck of Seattle, Washington, Jon Stuart Verbeck of Cazenovia, New York, and William Gale Verbeck of Manlius, New York. He was the grandson of Major General William Verbeck, Adjutant General of NY and founder of The Manlius School.

General Verbeck enlisted in the New York Army National Guard in 1948 as part of A Battery, 249th Field Artillery, and served for 34 years, holding posts in the 27th Armored Division, the 27th Brigade (including as commander), the 1st Battalion of the 156th Field Artillery (as commander), the 50th Armored Division, and the 42nd Infantry Division (including as assistant commander). He retired in 1981 as a Brigadier General after serving as the Vice Chief of Staff to the Governor of New York and Deputy Commander of the New York National Guard. Upon his retirement after 33 years, he received a brevet promotion to Major General, and he was awarded the prestigious Legion of Merit by the First Army in 1981 for his outstanding service. He was also awarded the NY State Conspicuous Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. He was the fifth Verbeck to serve as general in the United States military.

Chan, as General Verbeck preferred to be called, joined Pipeline Service Company in 1959, moving to Lincolnshire in 1989 to take a broader role with the company as Vice President of Sales. He served on the board of directors of the American Gas Association. He retired from Plexco, a division of Chevron, in 1996 after 37 years.

In his retirement, Chan was an avid golfer and skier and a keen student of jazz and classical music. He and his wife traveled extensively. Chan was a member of the Cavalry Club in Manlius and the United States Power Squadron.

Chan is survived by Jane, his wife of 56 years; his three sons, Channing, Jon, and William; his brother Pieter of Norwalk, Connecticut; and six grandchildren, Channing, Jr., Katherine, and Zachary of Seattle, Alexandra of Cazenovia, Elizabeth and Emily of Manlius, who will all miss him dearly. Chan Verbeck will be remembered for his honesty, integrity, intelligence, occasional feistiness, and friendship to those who knew and loved him.

There will be no calling hours. Memorial services are planned for the spring.

Contributions in his memory may be made to The American Lung Association (http://www.lungusa.org/) or The Verbeck Scholarship Fund at The Manlius Pebble Hill School (http://www.mph.net/).

Online condolences may be made at www.reedbenoit.com.

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Born: December 21, 1929

Death: September 18, 2009

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