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Lieutenant Colonel Robert C. Jarvis NORTH POWNAL, VT. Lieutenant Colonel Robert C. Jarvis, U. S. Army (Ret). Corps of Engineers died October 23, 2010 at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington after losing a courageous battle with liver cancer. Robert is survived by his wife Iola Jarvis, formally of Los Angeles, Calif., and four children, J. Michelle Galusha of North Pownal, Suzanne Wargo of Viera, Fla.; Robert C Jarvis Jr. of Danvers and Jennifer Brady of Rockledge, Fla. He also leaves a surrogate daughter, Yuko Kato of Mechanicville, N.Y. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren as well as two sisters, Ruth Westlake and Patricia Murnane and many nieces, nephews. He is predeceased by his siblings, Nancy, Richard, Edward and Susan as well as his son-in-law, Michael Wargo. Robert, son of Robert Jarvis and Helen Willis Jarvis was born in Worcester. Robert spent his youth in Pittsfield, Vt., until, at the age of 17, he learned of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and hiked over Mendon Mountain with a few friends to serve his country. At that time he joined the Navy and served in the Pacific Theater aboard several ships, including the USS Nashville; remaining in contact with fellow sailors of the USS Nashville for many years. Upon completion of his Naval career he moved to Florida where he graduated from the University of Miami and became a member an active duty reserve member of the U. S. Army Transportation Corps. Upon becoming a regular duty officer he served in the U S Army Corp of Engineers and Special Forces. During his career he accepted many assignments throughout the world and was decorated with many honors and medals; including the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, three bronze stars and the U. S. Army Commendation Medal. Following a long and distinguished career with the U S military, Lt. Col. Jarvis retired to a farm purchased in 1958 by he and his wife in North Pownal, where he served as a Selectman for the Town of Pownal. Unable to settle into retirement he accepted the Director of Facilities and Development position at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. His contributions to that College were recognized at his retirement by the dedication of the Robert C. Jarvis Pavilion. Once again finding retirement too strenuous, he accepted a "short term" position at Williams College in Williamstown, where he was Project Manager in the Facilities Department until his retirement in June 2010, when he was diagnosed with liver cancer. The support and outpouring of love from his friends at Williams College was a source of strength for Robert and his family during his final days. During his long and active life he was awarded several honorary college degrees. FUNERAL NOTICE: Memorial Services will be held at Thompson Chapel on the Williams College campus on Friday, November 12, 2010 at 10 a.m. with Rev. Wayne Biernat, pastor of Saints Patrick and Raphael Church in Williamstown officiating. Friends may call on Thursday, November 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home in Bennington. Burial will be at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville, NY where committal services with military honors will be held November 12 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 4, through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. Guest book condolences may be made at ww.maharandsonfuneralhome.net.

Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 6, 2010
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