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JOHN K. WHIELDON, CIVIC VOLUNTEER, STOREKEEPER

John K. "Jack" Whieldon, 77, a West Seneca resident honored by several organizations for his civic work, died Wednesday (Dec. 29, 1999) in Mercy Hospital in Buffalo after a long illness.

Whieldon owned Gardenville Hardware for 34 years.

He was active in many community and military organizations. He was a member and past officer of the West Seneca Lions Club and was a recipient of the Lions Club's prestigious Melvin Jones Award for dedicated service.

In 1970, the West Seneca Chamber of Commerce named him its Citizen of the Year.

During World War II, he served with the Navy aboard the USS LSM 202, taking part in the first amphibious landing on Iwo Jima.

Whieldon was a member of Harvey D. Morin Post 2940, Veterans of Foreign Wars. He also served many capacities with the Union Fire Company in Gardenville, including as fire chief.

As a basketball player for the former Ebenezer High School, he won a medal for being the outstanding high school athlete of Western New York in 1940-41.

Surviving are his wife, the former Muriel J. Weber; two sons, Thomas and Terry, both of Orchard Park; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in First Presbyterian Church of West Seneca, 2085 Union Road, West Seneca. Burial will be in St. Matthews Cemetery, West Seneca.

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