Jack Schlegel, longtime Shandaken Police Chief, dies
By Jay Braman Jr.
The “Officer in Charge” of the Shandaken Police Department, Mount Tremper resident Jack Schlegel, died last Wednesday, June 11 at the age of 90.
Schlegel, who passed peacefully at his home, recently caught attention on the world stage when he was noticed by the Associated Press at the 70th Anniversary Reunion of the United States Army’s 82nd Airborne in France.
Schlegel was a member of the prestigious outfit and was a paratrooper who jumped into the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944 during World War II. He also fought in Holland, at the Battle of the Bulge, and in Germany.
Schlegel had returned to Normandy this year for the tribute to the survivors of D-Day and spoke at the ceremony, according to the Associated Press.
“I love, especially in this area, the patriotism I can see, that you’re so thankful that the Allies ... helped liberate this country from the Nazis and giving the younger children a chance to grow up without this oppression,” he said.
Aside from Schlegel’s patriotic achievements, he was a popular member of Shandaken government, having served as both a town councilman and then later a two-term town supervisor.
Schlegel served on the Shandaken Constabulary and became police officer in charge when it became a police department in the early 1990s. He was owner and operator of Schlegel Security Agency in Ulster County. He was a life member and co founder of the Ulster County Chiefs of Police, he was a life member of the 82nd Airborne Association, VFW, American Legion, and the Mt. Tremper Fire Department.
He was married for over 48 years to the late Elaine (Knapp) Schlegel. They lost their youngest son, Martin, to an accident while he was serving in the U.S. Navy. He is survived by his son George G. Schlegel of Boiceville, a daughter, Susan LaBudde of Cooperstown, and two granddaughters, Jennifer and Jessica LaBudde of Cooperstown.
A funeral service will be held at the A. Carr & Son Funeral Home, 65 Lucas Ave, Kingston. Call 331-0625 for funeral arrangement details.