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AUG. 1, 1927 -- NOV. 16, 2004

Harold B. "Sonny" Yencer, a former Perry fire chief, died Tuesday under Hospice care in Teresa House, Geneseo. He was 77.

Born in Niagara Falls, he served in the Army in World War II and in the Air Force in the Korean War.

Mr. Yencer worked 28 years for Champion Products in Perry, retiring in 1989.

A Perry resident since 1942, he was a volunteer with the Perry Fire Department for 46 years, serving as chief from 1977 to 1979. He was a life member of the New York State Fire Chiefs Association.

He also was a member of First United Methodist Church and a past commander and life member of Perry Post 5009, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He served as a bowling coach for the youth bowling association for 30 years and was involved in softball and bowling for more than 60 years.

Surviving are his wife of 35 years, the former Jeanne Mandeville; three sons, Andrew of Attica, Alain of Perry and James of Avon; four daughters, Ramona Hammer of Lyndonville, Robin Vergason of Perry, Rose Marie Balbeck of Warsaw and Rena Mead of Wyoming; 19 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, 98 N. Main St., where a VFW service will be held at 6:30 p.m. today and a firefighters' service at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.


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