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Dr. James Thomas Kardatzke, 65

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LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, March 21 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Dr. Kardatzke, 65, of Lebanon.
Dr. Kardatzke passed away Friday, March 18, 2011, at the University Medical Center.
Born December 14, 1945, in Chicago, Illinois, he was the son of the late Arthur and Evelyn Lena Berg Kardatzke.
A graduate of Western Illinois University (B.S.), Iowa State University (M.S), and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Ph.D), Dr. Kardatzke served 20 years in the U.S. Army rising to the rank of major prior to retirement in 1992.
After military retirement, he worked for nine years as a technical trainer/manager in the pest control industry in Florida prior to coming to Tennessee.
In Tennessee, he worked for eight years as an ecologist and branch manager for the Eastern Region of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Dr. Kardatzke was a charter member of the Andrew Jackson Chapter of the Military Officers’ Association of America and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lebanon.
Services were conducted by Dr. John Cheetham. Interment was at the St. Joseph Cemetery in Ivesdale, Illinois.
Survivors include: his wife Brenda Kardatzke; children Kathleen M. Buckingham of Leesburg, VA; and Kenneth A. Kardatzke of Orlando, FL; step children Deborah Hettiger and Timothy Strickland -- both of Monterey; grandchildren Aaron Hettiger, Megan & Marla Strickland, Tyler, Autumn, & Dylan Buckingham; and brother, Arthur Kardatzke of Downers Grove, IL.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Kathleen.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Institute.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Lebanon.
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