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Clayton J. Holland, Carborundum retiree, technical writer
Oct. 17, 1919 -- Nov. 25, 2007

Clayton J. Holland, a retired employee of Carborundum Co. and author of technical articles, died Sunday in Heathwood Health Care, Amherst. He was 88.

Born in Lockport, Mr. Holland was a graduate of Lockport High School and Buffalo State Teachers College. He worked a year as a supervising teacher at a vocational school in the Panama Canal Zone.

Mr. Holland was a naval aviator during World War II, serving aboard the USS Tarawa. Afterward, he remained active in the Naval Reserve and was reactivated during the Korean War to serve as a carrier-based pilot.

He spent four years at Linde Air Products Co. in the Town of Tonawanda before going to work for Carborundum's Coated Abrasives Division in Niagara Falls as a coated abrasives specialist. He worked there from 1955 until his retirement in 1982, traveling extensively throughout the United States and handling assignments in Canada, Mexico and Europe.

Mr. Holland also wrote numerous technical articles that were published in trade magazines.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, the former Magdelena Yahrstorfer; a daughter, Linda Zynda; and three sons, Clayton Jr., Robert and Mark.

Services will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Wedekindt Funeral Home, 3290 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda.


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