Earl F. Gattman Sr.

Mr. Earl F. Gattman Sr., 87, of Center Street, Fort Plain, New York, died Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at Palatine Nursing Home following a brief illness.

He was born on March 6, 1927, in West Palm Beach, FL, and attended schools in the Watertown area. Mr. Gattman has lived outside St. Johnsville for over 30 years, most recently residing on Center Street in Fort Plain.

Mr. Gattman was a forklift driver at Beech-Nut for 43 years, retiring in 1988. He was also a security guard for the Fonda Race Track.

He was a member of the Kigndom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Palatine Bridge.

Mr. Gattman was a weath of knowledge on any historical veteran of war. He was known by his family as a “History Buff.” He enjoyed taking trips to the north and the Adirondacks and going for walks. Earl was a member of the Beach-Nut 25 Year Club.

On September 14, 1946, in Flat Creek, NY, Earl was married to Lois A. Siegle. She preceded him in death on May 4, 1994. He was also predeceased by his son, Glen Gattman and daughter, Bonnie Zeidner.

Mr. Gattman is survived by his daughters, Linda Zeidner of Fort Plain, NY, Debbie Zeidner of Fort Plain, NY; four sons, Earl F. Gattman Jr. of St. Johnsville, NY, Larry D. Gattman of Fort Plain, NY, Michael G. Gattman of Sprakers, NY, Glen B. Gattman of Stone Arabia, NY; sister Nancy Rogers of OR; half-brother, Rodney Williams of Canastota, NY; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive relatives and friends on Friday, March 14, 2014, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Chapel of Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home Inc., 20 Otsego Street, Canajoharie, NY 13317. Burial will take place at a later date at Christian Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, W. Grand Street, Palatine Bridge, NY 13428.

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