Harry Douglas Atherton, 89, of Beaver Dams, N.Y., passed away on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Corning Hospital.
He was born on June 1, 1924, in Wellsboro, the son of Harry Richard and Jenny (Whittemor) Atherton. He married Eleanor Wilcox on July 4, 1947, in Wellsboro. She predeceased him on Jan. 24, 2005.
Harry was a veteran of the United States Army
during World War II
and a lifetime member of the VFW
. He retired from Corning, Inc in 1983. A member of the Shanty Shifters Camping Group, he enjoyed camping, bowling, horseshoes, hunting, and fishing.
He is survived by son, Lee (Donna Fisk) Atherton of Beaver Dams, N.Y.; daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Alton Smith of Addison, N.Y.; daughter-in-law, Norma Atherton; grandchildren, Heather (Rob) Barlow, Deanna (Steve) Stewart, Terry (Tonya) Horton, Douglas Atherton, Amy Atherton, Trisha James, and Kris (Becky) Smith; great-grandchildren, Sarra, Anthony, Keri, Keli, Haden, Halle, Jaylen, Skylar, Aubrey, Abagale, and Zachary. Harry was predeceased by a son, Harry Dennis Atherton; sisters, Margaret Davis, Jane Curry, and a niece, Jenny Jane Porter.
Family and friends are invited to call at Carpenter's Funeral Home, LLC, 14 East Pulteney Street in Corning on Thursday, March 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. A celebration of Harry's life will follow the calling hours there at 11 a.m. Burial will take place at Beaver Dams Cemetery.
Those wishing may make donations to the
-Finger Lakes Region, 1595 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, N.Y. 14620. Condolences to the family may be left at www.carpentersfuneralhome.com