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VICTOR JOSEPH DECOSTE - SOUTH BURLINGTON - Victor Joseph Decoste, 80, beloved husband, father and grandfather died peacefully at home with his wife by his side on Friday, June 13, 2014, after a long illness. He was born Sept. 6, 1933, to Eldemore and Bertha (Gadway) Decoste at the family farm at Canon's Corner, N.Y. He grew up in Mooers, N.Y., and in 1952 joined the Air Force and served as a radar technician in Guam during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged and was soon hired by IBM in Kingston, N.Y. In 1960, he married Sharon Jones of Tulsa, Okla., and in 1965 they were transferred to Florida where Victor worked on the space program at Cape Kennedy until 1968, when he transferred to the IBM facility in Essex Junction, Vt. He retired in 1986. Victor had a wide variety of interests and talents; he was an excellent, self-taught "fiddler" from a young age, memorizing any jig or reel he heard and performing it perfectly. He was delighted to play at family events and square dances. He could repair or remodel almost anything from a child's toy to cars and houses. He liked to stay informed about health and political issues through study and extensive reading. He especially enjoyed a lively game of cards with family and friends; a tenacious competitor who always came back for more. He loved to travel and was a frequent and welcome visitor at the homes of his far-flung family in the US and Canada. Victor was a private, kindly, but fiercely independent person with handsome blue eyes, a disarmingly shy smile and a subtle wit. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sharon; daughter, Annette (Greg) Boyle and their three children, Katherine, Peter, and Ian, of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; son, Brent (Ryoko) and their three children, Kana, Amon, and Shunta, of Los Angeles, Calif.; four siblings and their spouses, Lawrence (Valerie), Sandra (Mike) Bechard, Gary (Linda) and Linda (Wayne) Supernaw; aunt, Dora Decoste; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents; six brothers, Raymond, Marcel, Leon, Esmond, Arthur, and Lionel; and one sister, Rita Demarais. Calling hours will be held on Friday, June 20, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Ross Funeral Home in Mooers, N.Y. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, June 21, 2014, at 10 a.m. at St. Ann's Church in Mooers Forks, N.Y. The Mass will be celebrated by Father Garvin Demarais, nephew of the deceased. Interment will follow in St. Ann's Cemetery. Following the funeral, there will be a reception at the St. Ann's Parish Center. Arrangements are in the care of the Ross Funeral Home, 2586 Route 11, Mooers, N.Y. To offer an online condolence, please visit The family wishes to express their profound appreciation to the VNA Hospice of Colchester for their care and support during Victor's final weeks. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to VNA, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05446.

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(518) 236-2222
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on June 18, 2014
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