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DENNISPORT, Mass. — Richard William Kingman passed away unexpectedly on April 1, 2020, in Hyannis Hospital due to COVID-19. He was born on Dec. 24, 1940, to Raymond and Helen (Naylor) Kingman in Vergennes, Vt. Dick grew up in Leicester and graduated from Brandon High School in 1957, then he and his parents moved to Middlebury to open Kingman’s Market. He married Sandra Smith in 1961 and celebrated the birth of his two children. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. His four years in the Air Force took him to England, where he was recruited to play for their highly competitive base softball team...

NEW HAVEN — Seth Oscar Nelson died on Saturday, April 25th, 2020. Seth passed from this world in the presence of his two brothers and mom who will miss him, his bright smile, and infectious laughter. Seth was a devoted and loving father to his daughter Olivia, through who his sense of humor, smile, and brilliant mind will live on. Seth was born on December. 4, 1981, shortly after his mother decided it was a good idea to bake a batch of chocolate peanut butter chip cookies and ate them all, which may be where his sweet tooth came from. Seth served in the United States Army and quickly advanced...

BURLINGTON — Edna May (Wrisley) (Tucker) Ball passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 22, at Birchwood Terrace Nursing Home. Sadly she died from the COVID-19 virus. Edna was born April 15, 1929, at home in Ferrisburgh. She was the daughter of Maud Wrisley (Porcheron) and Philip Dawson. She was raised by her grandparents Charles and Nellie Wrisley, and grew up on Little Chicago Road, Ferrisburgh. She attended schools in Ferrisburgh and graduated from Rockpoint girl’s finishing school in Burlington. She and her first husband, Foster Tucker Sr., raised 8 children in the community of Old...
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Ray Repp, the celebrated  singer-songwriter considered “the father of the guitar mass,” whose “Mass for Young Americans” sold millions of copies in the 1960s and ‘70s, died April 26, 2020, after battling both lymphoma and metastatic melanoma, the latter the cause of his death. He was 77. His twelve albums of Christian folk music and concerts worldwide through the ‘70s and ‘80s gave rise to a following in the millions, primarily youth re-energized in their faith and commitment to promote social justice. Raymond Robert Repp was born in St. Louis Sept. 17, 1942, to Walter...

BRISTOL — Vivian Alice Call Weston passed away at home in Bristol, Vt., on April 21. She was predeceased by her parents, Frederick and Helen Call and two brothers, Frederick and Douglas Call. Her brother William Call, married to Vivian’s college classmate and pal Peggy, survives her and lives in North Carolina. Vivian is survived by her husband, Kenneth Weston. Their 60th anniversary is in May; they were married in 1960 in Colrain, Mass. Vivian and Ken raised six children in Bristol: Craig Weston and wife Pat of Lyndonville; Sarah Weston Corporon and husband Steve of Ketchikan, Alaska with...

CORNWALL/MIDDLEBURY — Zita Elizabeth Riley, age 98, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 19, 2020, at Shard Villa in Salisbury. Mrs. Riley was born in Cornwall on June 22, 1921. She was the daughter of Loyal and Anna (Ringey) Towle. She grew up in Cornwall, where she received her early education. On June 11, 1944, she married Gerald Riley in Cornwall. They made their home in Cornwall, where she raised her family. Mr. Riley predeceased her April 29, 1987. Zita was known for always being in the kitchen, feeding whoever walked in her door. She worked cooking for the hired help on the family farm...

VERGENNES — The world lost a beautiful and kind soul with the unexpected passing of Robert (Bob) Barrows at his home on Monday, April 13, 2020. Bob was born to Charles and Marguerite (Daniels) Barrows on Dec. 7, 1925, in Vergennes, at the home of his grandparents, Capts. Mitchell and Helen Daniels, owners of the Daniels’ Steamboat Line. He was always very proud of the fact that his great-grandmother, Capt. Philomene Daniels, was known as the first licensed female steamboat pilot operator and that his grandmother, Helen, also piloted and eventually ran a coal business on her own at a time when...
PANTON — David Franklin Bitler, 81, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2020, at Helen Porter Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury. He was born on May 10, 1938, in Lawrence, Mass., the son of Harold and Ruth Bitler. David was a member of American Legion Post 14. He served in the U.S. Air Force. He loved history and watching sports. David enjoyed traveling with his family and visiting historical sites, such as Gettysburg and the Football Hall of Fame. He had many hobbies — hunting, fishing, and camping — but especially enjoyed being with family and friends. David is survived by his...

LINCOLN — Bruce Edward Cobb went home to his Lord, after many struggles on this earth. He is predeceased by both parents, and leaves behind many family members and friends. We will remember him for all that was good. To send online condolences to his family visit brownmcclayfuneralhomes.com.◊

RIPTON — Timothy Ward Simpson, 69, died Saturday, April 18, 2020, in Ripton, Vt. Tim ultimately chose his own time and place to die amidst the backdrop of this rapidly shifting world that has caused many of us to lose our sense of purpose. He was born March 6, 1951, the son of Earle and Lena Simpson of Rochester, Vt. Raised on the family farm, Tim attended school in Rochester and graduated in 1969. He then attended Johnson State College before transferring to the University of Vermont where he graduated in 1975.  Tim taught industrial arts (shop) at Rochester High School for many years. He...


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