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Harold F. "Bud" Gerkin 81 of 22 St. Joseph Lane, Ithaca (NY) died Aug 13 at Hospicare Residence, Ithaca. He was born in East Chicago, Ind.

He was a sales representative with I.D. Booth & Co., Elmira (NY) and previously worked for Ithaca Floor Covering. He was secretary of Connecticut Hill Field Archers Club, Ithaca, first president of Cornell Figure skating Club and a board member of the Tompkins County SPCA, Alpha House, Learning Web and Group Homes Inc.

He was a United States Army Veteran of World War II in which he received two Purple Hearts and three Bronze Stars.

He was survived by his wife, the former Katharine Pfeiffer Vaczek; two stepsons, Nicolas Vaczek of Ithaca and Adam Vaczek of San Diego, CA. Arrangements were under the direction of the Lansing Funeral Home with a private burial at Chestnut Hill Cemetery in Portville, NY.

[The Syracuse (NY) Herald American, Syracuse, NY, Aug. 20, 2000, page B4]

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