David Denton Hardenburg

David Denton Hardenburg, 88, of Webster Road, Portland, N.Y., passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday morning, June 29, 2014, with his loving family by his side.

David was born in Portland, N.Y., on Nov. 6, 1925, to the late John and Winifred Skinner Hardenburg.

He was a lifetime resident of the area. He was a graduate of Brocton Central School, where he was valedictorian of his class.

He was a graduate of Cornell University attaining a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and a master’s degree in business. David also served his country during World War II from 1944-46 in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater as a radio operator with a rank of staff sergeant.

Upon returning from the war, he was employed at Allegheny Ludlum Steel of Dunkirk, N.Y., as an accountant. He was also employed at one time as a school bus driver. Having worked all his life on the family grape farm, he took over the operation of it from his father in 1963.

David belonged to the Tri Church Parish of Brocton, N.Y. He belonged to the Board of Assessors of Portland, N.Y., was a member of the town of Portland Planning Board, the village of Brocton Library Board and was the town assessor for the town of Portland for several years.

Besides loving and enjoying his family, his church, his farm and community, David was a ham radio operator.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Pauline; one daughter, Jan (Bob) Aiello of Horseheads, N.Y.; two sons: Jay (Maria) Hardenburg of Portland, and John (Carol) Hardenburg of Portland; seven grandchildren: Bobby Aiello, Jared Aiello, Molly Aiello, Nicholas Hardenburg, Alicia Kinne, Janine Ransom and Justin Hardenburg; and five great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by a sister, Shirley Hardenburg McNair.

The funeral services will be held on Wednesday, morning, July 2, 2014, at 11 a.m., at the Tri Church Parish, currently meeting at St. Dominic’s Roman Catholic Church at 12 Central Ave. in Brocton, N.Y. The Rev. Kevin Conley and the Rev. Mark Monfort will officiate. Interment will follow at the Portland Evergreen Cemetery.

Friends are invited to call at the Morse Funeral Home in Brocton, N.Y., from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.

Memorials in David’s honor may be made to The Neuropathy Association, 60 East 42nd St., Suite 942, New York, NY 10165/ www.neuropathy.org or to the charity of your choice.