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Clayton Howard Gardner II

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BERLIN, N.Y. -- Clayton Howard Gardner II, 88, formerly of Berlin, died on Monday, Jan. 10, 2005, at the Vermont Veterans Home, where he has been a resident since 1997.

Born in Troy, N.Y. on Oct. 20, 1916, he was the son of the late Clayton H. and Nellie Ward Gardner. He was the loving husband of the late Alfreda M. Hammersmith Gardner, who died on Sept. 22, 1986. They were married on Dec. 20, 1946. Howard attended Berlin schools and had been a resident of the area his whole life.

Mr. Gardner was employed by Atwater Lumber in Stephentown before entering the United States Army in 1942. He was honorably discharged at the rank of technician 4th class serving with Service Company 17th Tank Battalion, and was awarded a Bronze Star with Valor distinction. He then worked for Petricia Construction, Fiske Lumber, Rifenburg Construction and Callahan Industries, where he retired in 1981. He was a member of the Teamsters Local No. 294, the Berlin Senior Citizens and the Taconic Valley American Legion Post No. 937 for 46 years.

Survivors include two daughters, Joyce A. Gardner Hespelein of Berlin and Kelly S. Gardner of Adams, Mass.; a stepdaughter, Rebecca Tattersall of Adams; a son, Clayton H. Gardner III of Berlin; his siblings, Marion Goodermote of Berlin, Grace Karwiel of Watervliet, Francis Gardner of Ghent, Allyn Gardner of Florida; grandchildren, William P. Conklin of New Port Richie, Fla., Joseph E. Conklin of Clearwater, Fla., Cherie L. Conklin of Berlin, Clay E. Gilbert of Grafton, Tiara J. Hoffman of Adams; and great-grandchildren William Conklin Jr. and Alexis Toomey. He was predeceased by siblings Ward Gardner and Lorna Champlain.

Funeral services will be held on Friday at noon in the chapel of the Vermont Veterans Home, where the Rev. John Foster will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow in the Berlin Baptist Cemetery.

Relatives and friends are invited to the Thomas M. Barber Funeral Home, 66 Armsby Road, Petersburgh on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m., and on Friday at the Vermont Veterans Home from 11 a.m. until the start of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Vermont Veterans Home Activity Fund in care of the funeral home.
Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 12, 2005
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