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Sunday, January 13, 2013

John Clifford Atwell, 78, Andover, NY

John Clifford Atwell, 78, Andover, NY, passed away Monday (Jan. 7, 2013) at home, surrounded by family.

Mr. Atwell was born on June 19, 1934, in Genesee, Pa., to Charles Wilmer and Margaret (Green) Atwell. He served in the U.S. Marines from 1950-54. On Aug. 1, 1952, in Andover, he married Dorris Virginia Burdick, who survives.

John worked as a welder for Air Preheater in Wellsville for 38 years until his retirement in 1995.

In addition to his wife of 60 years, John is survived by two daughters, Victoria Louise Atwell of Lakewood, Colo., and Ruth Angela Edwards of Greenville, S.C.; one son, John Henry (Doreen) Atwell of Long Beach, Miss.; two sisters, Bernice Lounsberry of Greenwood, and Virginia Thompson of St. Petersburg, Fla.; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by a brother, Paul W. Atwell, and a sister, Ruth E. Atwell.

John was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved camping and travelling with his family. He enjoyed the simple pleasures of life and devoted himself to the needs of his wife and family.

There will be no prior visitation. A private memorial service will be held by the family,

Arrangements are under the direction of Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover. Online condolences may be offered at

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