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BENNINGTON -- Edwin King, 89, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2005, at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington. He was the husband of the late Josephine (Green) King.

Edwin was born on Feb. 22, 1916, at home in Ludlow, son of the late Frank and Cora (Graves) King. He was the smaller of twins who were not expected to survive. His mother used the kitchen oven as an incubator and both survived. Edwin attended elementary school in LudIow. His family moved to Chapel Road in Bennington and at 18, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps where he was stationed in Virginia.

Edwin worked at several farms in the Cambridge, N.Y., and Bennington areas before and after his service in the Army during World War II. At the time of his enlistment in 1942, he worked at the Bennington Brush Co. Edwin served with the 88th Division of the Blue Devils, as a member of the 139th infantry, who were among the first to arrive in Italy and Northern Africa. He was honorably discharged in 1945, receiving three Bronze Battle Stars and the French Croix de Guerre.

He married Josephine on Nov. 27, 1945, and later became well respected in the area for his skills in carpentry and and tile work. He retired from Stanley Tools where he remained a resident of Hoosick Falls. Edwin was a member of the Masonic Temple in Brunswick, N.Y., former member of the VFW in Bennington, St. Stanislaw Society and the Pioneer Fish and Game Club, both in Hoosick Falls. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, who loved the outdoors and all that it offered. He actively took part in its conservation into his early 80s. He also loved to carve wood.

Survivors include three daughters, Bertilla Noble and her husband, John, of Hoosick Falls, Josephine Harbaugh and her husband, Richard, of Brunswick, Maine, and Faith Kuebler and her husband, Richard, of Hoosick Falls; two sons, Edwin King Jr. and his wife, Patricia, and Michael King and his wife, Lois, all of Pittstown, N.Y.; a sister, Cora Green; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and his little dog, Mouse, who was devoted to him.

He is predeceased by his twin sister, Edna Nichols and brothers, Ferris (Bump) King and Frank King Jr.

Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association through Mahar Funeral Home, 43 Main St., Hoosick Falls, N.Y.
Published in Bennington Banner from Dec. 5 to Dec. 6, 2005
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