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1925 - 2015 BRATTLEBORO Gordon E. Wheeler, 89, of Lamson Street passed away Saturday afternoon, Feb. 21, 2015 at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. He was born in Piermont, NH on Oct. 11, 1925, the son of the late Fred K. and Leona (Sawyer) Wheeler. He was raised and educated in Woodsville and Haverhill, NH and attended Haverhill Academy. Gordon enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving in the European-African, Middle East and Asiatic-Pacific areas at which time he received the Bronze Star. He was honorably discharged on May 1, 1946. He worked as a house painter at which time he met his future wife, F. Carolyn Goodrich. They moved to Brattleboro in 1949 and on May 8, 1949 they were the first couple married by the Rev. Raymond Kask in the Trinity Lutheran Church. His wife of 62 years predeceased him on Nov. 22, 2011. Gordon worked at Dunham Brothers for two years before joining the Brattleboro Police Dept. After one year of service he was promoted to a special officer for an additional six years. In October of 1958 he went to work for Holstein Friesian Association as a mail clerk supervisor and for 25 years he drove for the company picking up directors, staff, employees and foreign guests from Bradley International Airport. After his retirement in 1986, he worked part time for Sylvia Hunter Eaton, also driving private clients to the airport. Gordon enjoyed public relations and was active in community affairs. He served as chairman on the Chamber of Commerce for six years and in 1973 he helped to organize the July 4th Family Day. He also served as the director of the Brattleboro Winter Carnival, coordinated snowshoe softball, and played the Easter Bunny for the Rec. & Parks Dept. For four years he served as chair on the American Cancer Society Bike-A-Thon Committee and helped organize the Holstein Friesian Retirees Association, serving as President for six years. Gordon loved sports of all kinds and coached several softball teams in the local area. He was a member of the Centre Congregational Church for over 50 years, having served as Past Deacon, and worked on many committees within the church. Gordon was a past member of the International Order of Odd Fellows, #5 and the American Legion, Post #5. Gordon leaves behind one aunt, Christina King of East Brookfield, MA. and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by one brother, Kenneth Wheeler and several step-sisters. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at 10 am at Centre Congregational Church on Main Street with the Rev. Sandra Daly officiating. A reception will follow the services to be held in the church parlor. Burial will take place in the family lot in Ladd Street Cemetery in Haverhill, NH in the springtime. There are no calling hours at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Gordon's name may be made to the Windham County Humane Society, PO Box 397, Brattleboro, VT 05302 or to the Centre Congregational Church Book of Remembrance, 193 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301. To sign an online register book with messages of condolence please visit: www.atamaniuk.com Arrangements are under the direction of the Atamaniuk Funeral Home.



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Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Feb. 25, 2015
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