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R. Gerald Whitman

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BENNINGTON -- Mr. R. Gerald Whitman, 78, a resident of Jennings Drive, died Saturday, July 9, 2005, at his home following a long illness.

He was born in Bennington on Sept. 16, 1926. He was the son of the late Roy G. and Dorothy (Pease) Whitman.

Jerry attended the Niles School and was a graduate of North Bennington High School. A World War II veteran, Mr. Whitman served in the Army Air Force in Germany during the occupation of Germany. Following his honorable discharge he worked on his parent’s farm in Shaftsbury. In 1948, he married the former Ruth Vosburgh in the Saint Ambrose Church in Latham, N.Y. They lived in Latham for 25 years and Buskirk, N.Y., for 25 years. They moved to Bennington in 2000. Together they raised five children.

Jerry was very fond of his John Deere collection.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Whitman of Bennington; a daughter, Cheryl M. Whitman of Colchester, Conn.; four sons, Ronald G. Whitman of North Petersburgh, N.Y., Gary C. Whitman of Cambridge, N.Y., Timothy J. Whitman of Hoosick Falls, N.Y., and Rory J. Whitman of Fort Ann, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Lori Whitman of Groveland, Fla., Christopher Whitman of Hoosick Falls and Mattie and Eliza Whitman of North Petersburgh; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Bernard Whitman, who died Jan. 18, 2004.

The funeral will be held from the Mahar & Son Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 12 at 10:15 a.m. with a prayer and then from Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church at 11 a.m where the liturgy of Christian death and burial will be offered.

The burial will follow in the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville, N.Y., with the committal and military honors to take place at 1:30 p.m.

Friends may call at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home on Tuesday from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. when the family will be in attendance.

Contributions in memory of R. Gerald Whitman may be made to either the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on July 11, 2005
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