Allen Clayton “Clayt” Holdridge

“×500.png” alt=”holdridge, a;;em” width=”281″ height=”500″ class=”alignnone size-medium wp-image-737068″ />Allen Clayton “Clayt” Holdridge, 91, of 202 Hebner St., died Tuesday May 16, 2017, in Heritage Park. He was born Sept. 11, 1925, in Celoron, N.Y., the son of the late Earl and Helen Sikstrom Holdridge. Clayt served his country in the army’s 14th Infantry Regiment during WWII from 1944-46 and earned the American Campaign medal, Army of Occupation medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign medal and The World War II Victory medal.

Clayt was a life-long resident of Jamestown and worked for Falconer Glass Industries until his retirement in 1987. Clayt also worked as a bartender, mostly for the VFW Post #53, and continued well into his retirement. He participated in many local veterans parades in his earlier years. Clayt was an avid Buffalo Bills fan, enjoyed bowling, playing card games, such as Pinochle, Rummy and Cribbage. Clayt also enjoyed playing checkers, especially with his grandchildren. Clayt enjoyed reading and loved Reader’s Digest, putting puzzles together and eating ice cream besides visiting Salamanca to “fill up the car with gas.”

He was a life-member of the John W. Tiffany Post 53 V.F.W., life-member of Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1681, a member of the Falconer American Legion Henry Mosher Post 638, Jamestown War Veterans Recreation Inc., Local Union 81-4G, a member of the Brothers of the Brush of Jamestown, and a past member of the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club.

He is survived by six sons: Daniel R. (Kathy) Holdridge, and John A. (Vickie) Holdridge, Richard A. Holdridge, James E. (Kim) Holdridge, Timothy P. Holdridge, Michael C. (Christine) Holdridge; 11 grandchildren: Kevin (Carrie) Holdridge, Rachel (Matt) Calderaro, Misty (Stephen) Burnett, Jason Holdridge, Elizabeth (Josh) Terry, Nathan, Aaron, Carissa and Evan Holdridge, Ryan and Alyssa Holdridge; and two great-grandchildren, Anthony Holdridge and Brantley Burnett.

Clayt was preceded in death by his wife, Avonelle L. Duck Holdridge on Nov. 1, 2016; also by his parents, Earl H. Holdridge Jr. and Helen Sikstrom Holdridge; brothers, Everett Holdridge, Warren Holdridge and Earl Holdridge; and two sisters, an infant sister, Evelyn Holdridge and Helen “Romayne” Spencer.

Friends will be received from 5-8 p.m., Saturday, May 20, 2017, in the Migliore Funeral Home, where a prayer service will be held at 5:15 p.m., Saturday in the funeral home. The Rev. William Hughes, pastor of the Free Methodist Church of Sugar Grove, Pa., will officiate. Burial will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society and the American Diabetes Association.