Heritage

In August of 2016, David G. Delker, a third generation funeral director, purchased the corporation, and renamed the firm Delker and Terry Funeral Home.

David was born and raised in Auburn, NY, but has resided in Oneonta for the last 17 years.  In 1991, David graduated from SUNY Canton, and began his career in funeral service. Over the years, he has had experience in all areas of funeral service, but has always been happiest serving families in need.

David resides in Edmeston with his wife Karen (Maerz), and children Lily, and Oliver.

In 1990, Gordon and Joan Terry purchased the Houk-Johnston Funeral Home from Bill and Wanda Johnston, and renamed it  the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home.

Gordon, the son of Gordon W. and Muriel (Nonnemacher) Terry was raised in New Hyde Park, LI.

Joan, also a licensed Funeral Director, is the daughter of William and Anita (Mackey) Kuhn.

Gordon R. Terry, CFSP, and Joan Kuhn Terry, CFSP, have qualified for the certification of the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP), by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice (APFSP), since 2004.

It all began with Clarence C. Houk, son of Charles and Hettie
(Potter) Houk. He established the Houk Funeral Home in
Edmeston in 1929. Clarence was an active member in the
community serving on the Fire Dept., Cemetery Board, and was
also a Charter Member of the Edmeston Rotary. He was past
master of the F & AM, the Yahnundasis Bodies of Utica; and the
following Funeral Directors Associations: the Ninth District,
the NYS Funeral Directors, and the National Funeral Directors.

Back in the early 1930’s a funeral home’s hearse was also the local ambulance service, and the Houk Funeral Home was no exception. Clarence and many other dedicated community members would rush to the scene in hopes of transporting the victim safely to the nearest hospital. Many a time our small rural
hospitals could not provide what was needed and Clarence would then transport them to Albany via Route 20. A long and arduous trip especially in bad weather.

Clarence married Doris Burton in 1924. She would help by arranging flower baskets, and organizing all that needed to be done before and after the funeral. Clarence employed many local towns people to either help clean the hearse, set up chairs, mow the lawn, or help him transport the deceased to
their own home for calling hours.

Due to ill health Clarence merged his funeral home with the Johnston Funeral Home, of Brookfield in 1956.

William T. Johnston and his wife Wanda became the new proprietors. William (Bill) had been raised in Danville, Pa. He had been previously employed by Fairchild’s Funeral Home, NYC where he had met and married his wife Wanda Sobey in 1936.  They moved to Brookfield in the late 1940’s and purchased the Mumbulo Funeral Home, which merged with Houk Funeral Home in 1956.

Bill and his wife Wanda were also active members in the community. Bill served in the Brookfield Fire Dept., he was also the Brookfield Town Supervisor.  Later in Edmeston he served in the Edmeston Fire Dept. where he was one of the charter members and organizers of the Edmeston Emergency Squad. He had been an active Boy Scout Leader, member of the Rotary, American Legion Post #1311, and the F & AM. He served as a State Director for the New York State Funeral Directors Association and was a member of the Ninth District Funeral Directors Association. Wanda was a member of the Second Baptist Church, the American Legion Auxiliary, and Fire Dept.  Auxiliary. She would meet regularly with her quilting buddies at their various homes. The coffee pot was always ready; and sandwiches with cookies were near by.