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Earlon "Ike" Rackliffe

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NORTH BENNINGTON -- Earlon “Ike” Rackliffe, 79, a resident of Overlea Road in North Bennington, died Monday, Jan. 2, 2006, at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington.

He was born in West Farmington, Maine, on Oct. 13, 1926, the son of Millard and Mildred (Brown) Rackliffe. He graduated from West Farmington High School, class of 1944. Earlon was a member of the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II, earning the American Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. Upon discharge from active duty, he worked as a supervisor for Stanley Tools for more than 20 years.

Ike was an avid sports fan and enjoyed following all the Boston sports teams. He liked bowling, playing baseball and softball, and was the runner-up state champion of horseshoes in Maine. He was a vibrant man who always kept his mind very occupied and active. He loved being on the computer and doing genealogy and cherished times spent with his family.

Ike was a member and past grand master of the Free & Accepted Masons Tucker Lodge, North Bennington.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Blanche Spence, whom he married in Belfast, Maine, on July 24, 1947; two sons, Mark Rackliffe and his wife, Kimberly, of Indianapolis, and Brett Rackliffe of Florida; his daughter, Sharon Winnicki and her husband, Roger, of Shrewsbury; two brothers, Hollis and Bernard Rackliffe of West Farmington; two sisters, JoAnne Farrington of Farmington and Doris Lizotte of Auburn, Maine; five grandchildren, Jennifer Tejera, Lara and Meredith Winnicki, Christopher Rackliffe and Haley Rackliffe; a great-grandchild, Taylor Tejera.

At Mr. Rackliffe’s request, funeral services will be private. Interment will be in the family lot in Center Shaftsbury Cemetery. There are no visiting hours. Representatives from Tucker Lodge are requested to meet at Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main St., Bennington, at 10:45 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5, 2005.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter, c/o Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 957, Bennington, VT. 05201. To send e-mail condolences, visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 4, 2006
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