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Brigadier Harold G. Banta


1917 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Brigadier Harold G. Banta Obituary
Brigadier Harold G. Banta SA went home to be with His Lord, July 18, 2015 after a brief illness. He passed away peacefully at Medway County Manor, Medway, MA with a daughter, son-in-law, and a granddaughter by his side. He was born August 14, 1917 in New Haven, CT. He met his wife while attending the West Haven corps of The Salvation Army in the 1930s. They both became Salvation Army officers and were married October 19, 1943. Together they served The Salvation Army until 1982 when they retired to Franklin, MA. Harold became a member of the New York Staff Band in 1956 and played tuba with the band until his retirement. Harold was predeceased by his wife, Ruth Estella (Carleton) and four of his five brothers. He is survived by his youngest brother Paul Banta and his wife Rose, five children, Marilyn Griffin of Franklin, MA; Nancy Sloan of Milford, DE; Joan Bowser of Traverse City, MI; Janet Lyons of Mize, MS and H. George Banta, Jr. of Ledyard, CT, 13 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren. An enthusiastic swimmer, he was captain of his high school swim team, serving as a lifeguard at summer camps. He was an avid body surfer frequenting the waves at Old Orchard Beach, Maine through his 85th birthday. We will miss him very much. His funeral will be held at The Salvation Army 29 Congress St. Milford, MA on Thursday July 23rd, at 2PM, relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. Burial will be private; there are no calling hours. Donations in his memory may be sent to The Salvation Army 29 Congress St. Milford, MA 01757. Arrangements are under the care of the Charles F. Oteri & Son Franklin Funeral Home 33 Cottage St. Guestbook/directions www.oterifuneralhome.com.
Published in The Country Gazette from July 21 to July 31, 2015
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