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Charles J. Clinkhammer, H.J. Otten foreman Dec. 21, 1913 -- March 28, 2006

Charles J. Clinkhammer, a sheet metal worker and foreman at the former H.J. Otten Co. in Buffalo, died Tuesday in a hospital in Syracuse following a brief illness. He was 92.

A native of Buffalo, Mr. Clinkhammer lived in the Town of Tonawanda before moving to Stuart, Fla., around 1980. He later moved to the Syracuse area to be near family.

Mr. Clinkhammer, who left high school at age 14 to help support his family, worked at H.J. Otten for more than 25 years before retiring in 1974.

He was a decorated Army veteran of World War II who served in Europe.

An avid golfer, Mr. Clinkhammer had two holes in one and played golf until age 89.

He was predeceased by two wives, the former Betty Semler and the former Betty Ernewein.

Survivors include three sons, Paul of Grand Island, John of Pendleton and David of Cazenovia; a sister, Doris Hahn of Cheektowaga; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Bury & Roberts Funeral Home, 3070 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.


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