April 20, 2011 Obituaries

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Duane Stanley Bicknell


Duane Stanley Bicknell, 91, of Georgia, died on April 17, 2011, in Newport surrounded by his loving family.
He was born March 1, 1920, in Jericho, a son of Chauncey and Fannie (Hurlburt) Bicknell.
Mr. Bicknell was born and raised in Jericho on a dairy farm.  He graduated from high school and then went to the Vermont State Agricultural School where he also graduated.
Mrs. Bicknell was born in Ithaca, Michigan, and then her family moved to East Barre when she was three years old.  She graduated from Spaulding High School in Barre and worked at Heaton Hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. Bicknell were married in 1941.  A year later, in 1942, Mr. Bicknell went into the Army serving with the 750th Tank Battalion during World War II in Europe.  He went through the Battle of the Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge) and, at the conclusion of the war, the occupation of Berlin, Germany, during the summer of 1945.  Mrs. Bicknell worked in an airplane factory in Bridgeport, Connecticut, until their first son was born.
After Mr. Bicknell returned from the war, he went into business with his father on the home farm where they had four more sons and one daughter.  Beginning in 1955, the Federal Land Bank and Farmers Production Credit Association employed him for30 years.  After retirement, he worked part time overseeing the operation of farms for a foreign investor.
Their family has now grown to add 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchilden.
Mr. Bicknell is survived by his wife, Mildred (Partridge) Bicknell, and their children and families:  his son Jim and his wife, Joan Bicknell, from Newark, Morgan, Lincoln, Cole, and Parker Mazzie, and Jericho Bicknell; his son Doug Bicknell from Burlington, and Kati and Will Sacks, Anna Bicknell, Erin Bicknell, and Luke Bicknell; his son Marvin and his wife, Helen Bicknell, Bridget, Brad, Makala, and Clay Erickson, Jesse, Monte, Caitlyn, Wesley, and Ryan Cassavant, and Ramon and Joyce Hunt; his son Stephan and his wife, Myrna Bicknell, from Montana, Melody and Jeremy Newmaster, Rebecca Bicknell, and Jennifer and Nick Eshleman; his son Raymond and his wife, Donna Bicknell, from Beebe, Jonathon Bicknell, Joshua Bicknell, and Kappas Emmons; and his daughter Nancy (Bicknell) Smith and her husband, David Smith, and their children Amanda Pruden and Thomas Smith.
Until the last couple of years, Mr. and Mrs. Bicknell enjoyed winters in the park in Sarasota, Florida, and summers at the cottage on the shores of Lake Champlain in Vermont.  Mrs. Bicknell is now at the Scenic View Community Care Home in Westfield.
Mr. Bicknell was a past member of MacDonough F&AM Lodge Order of the Masons.
A service will be held at the Grace Brethren Church in Irasburg, Vermont on Friday, April 22, at 2 p.m.  Military honors will immediately follow the service.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory can be made to the VA Medical Center, (135) 215 North Main Street, White River Junction, Vermont 05009.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Rudolph E. Dunn
Rudolph E. Dunn, 89, of North Troy died on April 13, 2011, in Glover.
He was born May 20, 1921, in North Troy, a son of Walter and Yvonne (Letourneau) Dunn.
On June 10, 1946, he married Shirley A. Webb who survives him.
Mr. Dunn was a self-employed dairy farmer in North Troy for several years.  He and his wife farmed two different farms that they owned for over 64 years.  He loved sugaring and traveling to Texas, Florida, and Canada.  He also loved hunting, trapping and  fishing after they sold the farm.  Mr. Dunn was a lister, constable, fence viewer, and selectman for several years in the town of Troy.  He started the first snowmobile club in North Troy called the Ridgeriders.  He was a 60-year member of the Masonic Union Lodge #16 of Troy and the Mt. Sinai Shrine.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Dunn, of North Troy; three children:  Brian Dunn and his wife, Joanne, of Westfield, Deborah Dunn of North Troy, and Dennis Dunn and his wife, Susan, of Texas; by 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers:  Harvey and Richard Dunn, both of North Troy; and by a sister, Madeline Poulin, of North Troy.  He was predeceased by a daughter, Pamela, by a brother, Raymond Dunn, and by his beloved dog Mitzi.
Funeral services will be held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport on Thursday, April 21, at 2 p.m. with the Reverend Richard O’Hara officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on April 21  from 1 p.m until the hour of the funeral.  Spring interment will be in the North Troy Village Cemetery.
Members of Masonic Union Lodge #16 of Troy will conduct a Masonic service at the funeral home on April 21.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Stanley “Red” B. Prevost


Stanley “Red” B. Prevost, 69, of Derby died suddenly on April 12, 2011, in Newport.
He was born July 6, 1941, in Colchester, the only son of Romeo and Eunice (Wheelock) Prevost.
On November 29, 1974, he married Jennifer Poutre who survives him.
Mr. Prevost loved his farm and the work that went with it along with his small construction business and working in the woods.  He served in the U.S. Army in Thailand in the Army Corps of Engineers and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion Post #21 of Newport, and the Eagles Club.  He held membership with the International Union of Operating Engineers and the Volunteer Fire Fighters Association.
He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Prevost, of Derby; his son Thomas Prevost and dear friend Tasha Rodrigue of Derby, Traci Rodrigue (Tasha’s sister) of Derby, both of whom were like daughters to Stan; Kevin Before, a close friend who was like a son to Mr. Prevost; mother-in-law Betty Poutre, sisters and brothers:  Janet (Poutre) Lessard and her husband, Rejean, Marc Poutre and his wife, Mary, Kathy (Poutre) Blake and her husband, Jerry, Karen (Poutre) Morgan and her husband, Bernie, Martha (Poutre) Karpinski and her husband, Jim, Colleen (Poutre) Bullis and her husband, Tom; and by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, uncles, aunts, and many close friends who he loved.
Funeral services were held on April 18 at St.Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass will be celebrated.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory  may be made to the Orleans Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Anita E. Marcy-Wells
Anita E. Marcy-Wells, 56, of Waterville, died peacefully at the home of her son in Morrisville on Friday, April 15, 2011.
She was born April 10, 1955, in Morrisville, a daughter of Earl James Eldred and Barbara (Gonyaw) Wells.
She loved gardening and cherished the times she was babysitting for her granddaughter Violet.  She liked to cook and crochet and was an avid New York Jets fan.
She is survived by her husband, Larry Wells; her children:  Brandy Escamilla and her husband, Florencio, of Athens, Georgia, Benjamin Marcy and his wife, Desiree, of Morrisville, and Jacob Marcy and his girlfriend, Melinda, of Morrisville; by granddaughter Violet; by her mother, Barbara Wells, of Wolcott; her grandmother Evelyn Symonds Reynolds of Glover; her brother Keith Eldred and his wife, Amy, of Johnson; by sisters Stacey Foran and her husband, Michael, of Hardwick, and Melody Plante and her partner, Sarah Shirley, of Morrisville; by several step-children and step-grandchildren; and by nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her father, Earl Eldred.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 21, at 4 p.m. at the White-Fiess Funeral Home in Morrisville.  Visitation will be Thursday from 3 p.m. until the time of the service.
Contributions in Mrs. Marcy-Wells’ memory may be made to Lamoille Home Health and Hospice, 54 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.
Harold A. Whipple


Harold A. Whipple of Monroe, Hew Hampshire, a retired real estate investigator for the Vermont Secretary of State, died on April 10, 2011, at the Littleton Regional Hospital in Littleton, New Hampshire.
Despite an uphill ten-year battle with various types of cancer, and having lost most of his eyesight, Mr. Whipple remained upbeat until the very end.
He was born in 1928 at the Whipple family farm on Whipple Hill in Lyndonville, a son of the late Henry and Hazel Whipple.  He attended the Fletcher School and Lyndon Institute.
In 1945 Mr. Whipple entered the U.S. Air Force where he obtained the rank of T/Sgt. as a flight engineer.  Flying supplies and wounded, he saw many parts of the world.  During his military career he obtained numerous medals and ribbons.  The highlight was obtaining his silver wings.  In 1953 he gave up his military career to aid his parents with the operation of the farm.  Later, he moved to Boston, Massachusetts, and attended Boston University studying real estate and banking which later became his passion and vocation.
Mr. Whipple and his wife of 55 years, Beverly, were married in Allston, Massachusetts, on July 16, 1955.  Together they owned and operated several businesses in the North Shore area of Massachusetts.  In 1975 they purchased a home in Monroe, New Hampshire, and Mr. Whipple became employed by the Time Sales Division of the Howard National Bank.  In 1976 he joined the Vermont Secretary of State as that office’s sole professional conduct investigator, covering the entire state of Vermont and parts of New Hampshire.  He became a member of both the state and national real estate investigators associations, receiving many certificates and diplomas and becoming deemed the authority on real estate practices in a court of law.  In June 1989 Yankee Homes Magazine, a division of Yankee Homes, featured an article about him, with his picture.
Mr. Whipple had a great sense of humor and compassion which yielded him many friends in his life and travels.  If one ever needed $5 and he had $10, he would give them the $10.  He had the pleasure of having three previous secretaries of state attend his state retirement party, which spoke volumes about the type of person he was as an employee and friend to all.
One of Mr. Whipple’s pleasures in life was his 1928 Model A Roadster automobile, which won many prizes.  He often provided it for parades and weddings or special occasion functions.
During his residence in Massachusetts he became a member of the Danvers Mosaic Lodge of Masons, the Middleton Lions Club, the Board of Trade, a Trustee of the Middleton Library, and a member of various other civic organizations.
For the past 11 years, Mr. and Mrs. Whipple made their winter home at the Twin Fountains Club in Lake Wales, Florida.
Mr. Whipple will be greatly missed and always remembered by his loving and devoted wife, Beverly, of Monroe, New Hampshire; his two children and their spouses:  son Daniel and his wife, Roberta Whipple, of Wallingford, and daughter Deirdre and her husband, Jonathan Gawne, of  Framingham, Massachusetts; two precious grandchildren, Gabriana and Nathaniel Whipple of Wallingford, who meant so much to Grampy as he learned of their day-to-day accomplishments; by two sisters:  Marion Sciarappa of Malden, Massachusetts, and Mildred Murtiff of St. Johnsbury; his sister-in-law Helen Fee of Florida who thought of him as a close brother; and by many nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents, his infant son, his sister Marjorie Rexford, and his brother Henry Whipple of St. Johnsbury Center.
Services were held at the Ricker Funeral Home in Woodsville on April 15.
Remembrances may be sent to North Country Home Health and Hospice Agency, 536 Cottage Street, Littleton, New Hampshire 03561.
For more information, or to offer online condolences, please visit www.rickerfh.com
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