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John S. Maynard

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- John S. Maynard, 84, of Harrison Avenue, a native of Williamstown, died Wednesday, June 11, 2003 at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington. Death followed a long illness.

He was born in Williamstown on Sept. 11, 1918, a son of the late James W. Maynard and Ethel (Bratcher) Maynard. He was a veteran of W.W. II, serving with the United States Army as a private first class in France, Germany, Czechoslovakia and Luxembourg with the Battery B 7th Artillery Battalion. He was decorated with the Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon. He was honorably discharged in 1946. He was employed for several years at the former Gevaert Company of America Inc. in Williamstown. He was last employed as an automobile mechanic at the former Ott & Berger Co. in Williamstown, retiring in 1985. He was a member of the Williamstown V.F.W. Post #9304. He was an avid reader and enjoyed fishing and especially his family. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Joyce (Brothers) Maynard, whom he married in Williamstown in 1941; four daughters, Joan Bushika and her husband George of Cheshire, Jean Maynard of Williamstown, Mass., Joy Primmer and her husband John of Pownal, Vt. and Julie Martell and her husband Valmore of Pownal; five grandchildren, Mark Bushika, Eric Bushika, Josh Primmer, Michele Martell and Heather Martell.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Francis and Herman Maynard.

Private graveside services for John S. Maynard will take place Saturday at the family plot in Southlawn Cemetery, South Williamstown, with military honors conducted by members of the Richard Reuther Post #152 American Legion in Williamstown.

There are no calling hours. Memorial donations are suggested for the American Cancer society through the Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, West Chapels, 521 West Main St., North Adams, MA.
Published in Bennington Banner on June 13, 2003
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