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Dr Clifton Harwood Birchard, Sr
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Birth: Dec. 26, 1918
Birchardville
Susquehanna County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jun. 26, 2011
Binghamton
Broome County
New York, USA

Dr. Clifton Harwood Birchard Sr, 92, of Binghamton, met Jesus face to face on Sunday, June 26, 2011. Clifton was born to D. Fred and Urania on December 26, 1918 in Birchardville, Pa. He grew up on the family farm in Birchardville alongside his older brothers, Dayton and Don. Clifton graduated from Montrose High School in 1935 and continued his education at Penn State where he graduated in 1939. Upon completion of his education at Massachusetts College of Optometry in 1941, he joined the United States Army Air Force and was stationed at Barksdale AFB in Shreveport, Louisiana where he served from 1942 " 1945. Following his time in the armed services, Clifton continued his education at Columbia University and received his Doctorate of Optometry. He practiced optometry in Binghamton for 50 years from 1947 until his retirement in 1997. Clifton was an active member of Central Baptist Church where he enjoyed many years of serving the Lord as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, church pianist, and working in youth ministries. He especially looked forward to opportunities to play piano duets with others during church services as well as pulling out the old pump organ onto the deck for Sunday evening church hymn sings in the summertime. He faithfully worked on the family genealogy often taking long road trips to seek information to make it more complete. He enjoyed caring for his vegetable garden as well as tending to his daylilies and geraniums. Clifton enjoyed canning, making jellies, and making grape nut ice cream. Time spent with family and friends were always a top priority. Clifton was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Pearl, as well as his brothers, Dayton and Don. He is survived by his three children: Robert Greenwood and his wife, Judy of Woodinville, WA; Clifton H. Birchard Jr. and his wife, Marsha of Birchardville, PA; and Betsey Birchard Hay and her husband, Randy of Chenango Forks, NY. He is also survived by his granddaughter, Bethany Birchard Skoczylas, and her husband, Matthew; granddaughter, Alissa Birchard; a great-granddaughter, Della Skoczylas; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. The graveside service will be at the Birchardville Cemetery on Wednesday, June 29th at 10:00AM. Visitation with the family will be at Central Baptist Church at 1:00PM with a memorial service at 3:00PM. Reverend W. Robert Mattox will officiate. 
 
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 Parents:
  D. Fred Birchard (1875 - 1963)
  Urania L. Dayton Birchard (1880 - 1973)
 
 Spouse:
  Pearl Muriel Bird Birchard (1920 - 2009)*
 
 Children:
  Clifton Harwood Birchard (1956 - 2015)*
 
 Siblings:
  Dayton L Birchard (1905 - 1997)*
  Don T. Birchard (1910 - 1994)*
  Clifton Harwood Birchard (1918 - 2011)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Birchardville Cemetery
Birchardville
Susquehanna County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Created by: Henry Beecher
Record added: Aug 18, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 95564139
Dr Clifton Harwood Birchard, Sr
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Dr Clifton Harwood Birchard, Sr
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Dr Clifton Harwood Birchard, Sr
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