O’Rourke & O’Rourke
Inc. Funeral Home

25 River Street
Salamanca, NY 14779
phone: (716) 945-4760
fax: (716) 945-4222

Lyle A. Atwood Sr.

Mr. Lyle A. Atwood Sr., age 89, formerly of Salamanca, NY and Bradford, PA. died Thursday evening, October 13, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center in St. Mary's, PA.

Born on July 3, 1922 in Randolph, NY he was the son of the late Arthur & Elizabeth "Bessie" Zeliff Atwood. He was married the former Bernadette "Bunny" Freeman who predeceased him on November 8, 1988. He later married Pauline Walker Hurd who predeceased him 2006.

He was a veteran of the US Army serving with 97th Infantry Signal Corps and was commissioned a 2nd Lt. on the battlefield. He served in Holland, Belgium, France and Germany. He was awarded the Bronze Star, the Good Conduct Medal, the European-Middle Eastern-African Campaign Medal, the WWII Victory Medal, the Army of Occupation Medal with German Clasp, the Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII, and the Combat Infantry Badge.

Mr. Atwood, early in life was employed with his father and brother in the oil fields in Bradford, PA and Limestone, NY. In the 1950's he operated a store with his wife, Bunny, in Java Center, NY. He retired as a car salesman with O'Laughlin's Car Dealership.

He was a member of St. Patrick's Church, Limestone, NY, life member of the American Legion Hughes-Skiba Post #535, the Order of Battlefield Commissions. He enjoyed his family, telling stories, and socializing with people.

Surviving are: 2 sons, John (Liz) Atwood, Bishopville, MD, Jerry (Sharon) Atwood, Salamanca, NY; a step daughter, Denise Law, Yardville, NJ; 4 grandchildren; 6 step grandchildren; a sister, Marian Clark. Ologah, Oklahoma; several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a son, Lyle Atwood Jr., a step daughter, Joan Yarrows, a brother, William Atwood, a sister, Elizabeth Perry.

Friends may call at the O'Rourke & O'Rourke Inc. Funeral Home, 25 River Street, Salamanca, NY on Sunday from 4-6 P.M.

Funeral services will be held in the funeral home on Monday morning at 11 A.M. with Rev. Patrick Melfi, pastor of Our Lady of Peace Parish, officiating.

Full military graveside honors will be conducted by members of the American Legion Hughes-Skiba Post #535 and Veterans of Foreign Wars John F. Ahrens Post #5296.

Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Salamanca, NY.

E-condolences can be sent to john@orourke-orourke.com or posted to facebook.com/onofh.