Schenectady Gazette, Wednesday, December 12, 1973 - Fonda Rites Held Friday In Nelliston - Private funeral services were held Friday for Richard Fonda, 54, of Arnold Lane, who died Friday night at his home of lung cancer following a long illness. A native of Cherry Valley and a graduate of Oneonta High School, Mr. Fonda was a professional musician for many years, playing in the trumpet sections of the Joe Sanders, Abe Lyman and Mel Hallett orchestras. He later headed his own local orchestra. Mr. Fonda had been employed the past 16 years as manager of the Valley Bowl. He was a member of the Gloversville local of the American Federation of Musicians; was active in the Fort Plain Small Fry League, and was a communicant of St. James Catholic Church. Early this year he was presented a plaque from the Montgomery County unit of the American Cancer Society for spearheading the "small towns fight cancer day" at the Valley Bowl which netted almost $6,500 for the cancer crusade. He is survived by his wife. Mrs. Mary Cuddihy Fonda; two sons, Joseph Fonda, a student In Boston. Mass., and Jeffrey Fonda, Nelliston; a daughter, Miss Dickelle Fonda. Brownsville, Tex, his father, Andrew Fonda, Nelliston; two brothers, Paul Fonda, Canajoharie, and Sheldon Fonda, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.: a sister. Mrs. Doris Boyce, Phoenix, Ariz.; an aunt and two cousins. The Rev. John J. Sullivan, pastor of St. James Catholic Church, celebrated mass Friday night for the immediate family and the Rev. Robert Hess, pastor of the Fort Plain Reformed Church, conducted a prayer service. Mr. Fonda had bequeathed his body to medical science and it was taken to Albany Medical College by the Gray Funeral Home. Burial will be at a later date in Fort Plain Cemetery.