ARCHIE J. GRANGER JR. - WINOOSKI - Archie J. Granger Jr., 91, of Winooski, passed away Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, in Fletcher Allen Health Care, while residing at the Birchwood Terrace Healthcare Nursing Home, following a long illness. Archie was born in Winooski on Aug. 10, 1922, the son of Archie and Agnes (Duell) Granger. Archie married Florence (Moquin) Granger of Winooski on Feb. 25, 1943. In 1944, he served in the United States Army with the 1284th Engineer Combat Battalion overseas in the ETO (European Theater) and the Asiatic Pacific Theaters of Operations. While serving in the Army, he supervised the construction and repair of roads, bridges, buildings and related structures. He also supervised and assigned duties to 45 military men. He was an Engineer, a Demolition Specialist, Utility Repairman, Foreman of Construction, a Military Police Officer, and was on the Firing Squad of Lieutenant General Masahaur Homma. Archie was decorated and received the following medal and ribbons: Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon; Victory Medal; Good Conduct Medal; Philippine Liberation Ribbon; European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon; Sharpshooter Ribbon; and the Army of Occupational Medal of Germany. He served in France, Germany, Japan, England and Korea. When he returned to the states, he went to work at the Vermont Spool and Bobbin Company in Burlington, where he was a supervisor for 37 years. After the Bobbin Company closed, he went to work for Blodgett Oven for 12 years. Archie was married to Florence for 63 years, and she predeceased him in 2006. On their 55th Wedding Anniversary their daughter, Beverly, wrote the following for them:
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Happy Anniversary to My Two Best Friends
I often wondered when you were young, If I had been young too, If we would have been best of friends, To share the things we knew. To share the laughs, To share the joy, To share the secrets too, Would we have been best of friends, I wish I only knew. I found this card upon a shelf, It reminded me of you, I think you once both looked like this, I wish I only knew. I know now when you were young, And I was still in heaven, I shared your laughs, I shared your joy, I shared your secrets too. And from all this when my turn came, To join you here on earth, I chose to spend my life with you, That's why you gave me birth. Now the time has come to say, I loved you then and now, Because I knew you long ago, When you were both real young.
Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad
Archie is survived by his daughter, Beverly Granger of Winooski; and his dearest friend who has been there for Archie since 1990, Andrew Parker, also of Winooski; several nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law, Louise Granger. He was predeceased by his wife, Florence; parents, Archie and Agnes; brother, Howard Granger; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John and Grace McGrath. Archie's daughter wishes to express her heartfelt gratitude to the staff of the Birchwood Terrace Healthcare, Unit A (Special Care). A private graveside service with military honors will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at Resurrection Park Cemetery in South Burlington. Arrangements are with the LaVigne Funeral Home, 132 Main St., in Winooski.
Lavigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service
132 Main St Winooski, VT 05404
Published in The Burlington Free Press on Nov. 11, 2013