Gary Joseph McAlpine

SOUTH DAYTON – Gary Joseph McAlpine, 71, a gaming commissioner for New York state, where he worked for five years, died Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at 219 Pine St. in South Dayton, N.Y.

He was born Dec. 7, 1942, in Waverly, Iowa, the son of the late George and Bernice (Klingbeil) McAlpine.

Gary was a former Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Deputy for more than 20 years. Gary was a member of the South Dayton American Legion Post 1593 where he served as commander for four terms, and a past member of the South Dayton Fire Dept. Gary got his associate degree in criminal sciences at James-town Community College. He served in the Army during the Vietnam Era.

He is survived by his daughter, Kerry (Daniel) Gonzales of Whittier, Calif.; his step-daughter, Lisa Silleman of South Dayton, N.Y.; a step-son, Mike (Patricia) Hughes of Conesus, N.Y.; two brothers: Edward McAlpine of South Dayton, N.Y., and Robert McAlpine of Standway, Wash.; a sister, Barbara Gong of Tonawanda, N.Y.; his grandchildren: Kathleen Gonzales, Amanda Gonzales, Elijah Gonzales all of Whittier, Calif.; his step-grandchildren: Michela Everett of South Dayton and five other step-grandchildren.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Kathleen McAlpine.

Visitation will be held at Hills Funeral Chapel on Monday from 7-9 p.m. and on Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Hills Funeral Chapel, 478 Route 83 South Dayton, N.Y. Father Joseph Porpiglia of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church will be officiating. Burial will be in the Cottage Cemetery in the Town of Dayton.

Military services will be conducted by the South Dayton American Legion Post 1593 and the Pine Valley VFW Post 2322.

Family suggests memorials to South Dayton American Legion Post 1593, 4 Mill St., South Dayton NY 14138.

Visit: www. Hills Funeral Chapel.com. Hills Funeral Chapel 988-5922.