Gerald L. Bouton

July 29, 1928January 13, 2012

Gerald L. Bouton, age 83, passed away on January 13, 2012 after a brief stay at Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown, NY.

Gerald (Jerry) was born to Anson S. and Zadie (Bolles) Bouton of Oneonta on July 29, 1928. He graduated from Oneonta High School and was a life-time resident of Oneonta. Jerry was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Sylvia Alys McLaud, his brother Donald, and his cousin Bernice Thorpe. He is survived by his most-excellent sons Stephen and Thomas Bouton, daughter-in-law Janet Joseph, granddaughters Savannah, Lauren, Elena and Emily, and cousin John Thorpe. Jerry is also survived by sisters- and brothers-in-law James and Joyce Broe, Maurice McLaud, Morton and Dorothy McLaud, Pat Grasso, David and Barbara McLaud, Joan McLaud, and several nephews and nieces.

Early in life he lived on his parent’s farm in Otego, worked as a lumberjack, an insurance salesman for Metropolitan Life, and a union mason. In the early 60s, he was a partner in Bouton Bros. Construction Co., and then continued on as Gerald Bouton Masonry Contractors until 1974. At the age of 46, Jerry left the construction business and, on a “shoestring” started Bouton’s Fast Stop on Oneida St., Oneonta – a convenience store and retail beverage warehouse. As a result of the success of the Oneida St. store, he was able to open two additional stores, which he operated with his son Thomas until his retirement in 1995.

In his businesses and dealings within the community and with neighbors and colleagues, Jerry made lifelong friends and was truly a person who believed in the adage that “strangers are friends not yet met”. He could be defined by his sense of compassion and humor, and willingness to listen and lend a hand whenever he was called upon. Jerry had great affection for the Oneonta area and his friends and family, and was truly content to remain there throughout his life – except for the unpleasant winters when he and his wife, along with friends traveled south to Florida, Arizona and Mexico in his motor home. Jerry was an avid golfer and longtime member of the Oneonta Country Club. He was a member of the Elks Club and the Society of Freemasons, and one of the founders of the Oneonta Archery Club.

Shortly after his retirement, Jerry spent most of the next ten years caring for his wife who had suffered a stroke. After Sylvia’s death in 2004, he experienced the first of a number of medical setbacks, including congestive heart disease and then a degenerative spinal issue that left him unable to walk without assistance. However, in spite of his debilitating medical conditions, he remained engaged: a positive force to his family and friends, never complained, maintained and honed his sense of humor and wit, and continued to expand his knowledge of history, world events, and politics. He was a voracious reader throughout his life, which continued even as his eyesight was diminishing.

We know that wherever he is, though he may miss his family and friends, he is already making new friends and people smile. We love him and he will be sorely missed.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 11:00 AM in the First United Presbyterian Church (Red Door) with the Rev. James Atwell, officiating. Burial will be in the Glenwood Cemetery, Oneonta.

Friends may call at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., Oneonta on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 from 3 to 7 PM at which time the family will be in attendance. Oneonta Lodge #466 F&AM will conduct a Masonic service at 6:30 pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Catskill Area Hospice, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820 or the Multiple Sclerosis Resources of Central NY., Inc., PO Box 237, East Syracuse, NY 13057

Arrangements under the direction of Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta, NY.


  • Calling Hours Tuesday, January 17, 2012
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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John and Jackie Leahy

January 25, 2012

Jerry will be missed by everyone his life touched. He was so kind and just fun to be around.

Bob Atchinson

January 24, 2012

Tom and Steve,

We are all sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. He was one of our father's absolute favorites. It was a rare day when Dad bumped into Jerry and didn't have a funny story to tell. We hope they are both playing that special brand of fun, awful golf together again.

Our hearts go out to you both. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

The Atchinsons

January 24, 2012

Tom, to you and your family, my sincerest condolences. I will remember Jerry in my prayers. Kathy Schmid

Debbie Thorpe

January 20, 2012

Tom and Steve I am very sorry to hear about your dad passing away. I really enjoyed being a part of his family. In my thoughts and prayers.

January 19, 2012

Jerry was a great guy. I will miss his sense of humor, he always showed warmth and compassion to me and everyone that knew him.
Mark Ackerman (New York, NY)

Mary McLaud

January 18, 2012

When I think of my Uncle Jerry, I smile. His sense of happiness will last in my heart. He.. was a classic. Always there at the family parties making us laugh. Such a good friend to my Dad. Thought you'd always be there. Love to Steve and Tom and your families.

Marissa Broe

January 17, 2012

We will miss you, Uncle Jerry. Thanks for always greeting me with a smile and for bringing together my grandparents! The Broe's owe much to that introduction! My condolences to the Bouton family. Sending all the best through this difficult time.

Dave Chambers

January 17, 2012

My thoughts and prayers go out to Jerry's family and friends. I'll miss the chats we had whenever it snowed. Jerry, I always admired you for being a humble, self-made man. May you Rest in Peace.

Dave Chambers

tina morris

January 17, 2012

Jerry was always a remarkable man. As a neighbor and in business, he was kind, thoughtful and always funny. He was also loving and so remarkable with Sylvia. He will never be forgotten...tina morris

Donald Benson

January 17, 2012

Oneonta has lost a true native...What a wonderful person, a person everyone liked, a person who never gave up and managed to become a very successful businessman. Always enjoyed him socially and professionally, as I did his entire family. RIP Jerry, you will be missed by all...God bless you Steve and were blessed with wonderful parents.

Your Friend, Don Benson