CHITTENDEN - Ardin Deyette, 81, of Chittenden, passed away February 19, 2014, at his home after a brief illness.
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He was born at home, October 10, 1932, in East Granville, VT, the son of Walter and Jane (Jondro) Deyette.
He served in the Army from 1952 to 1955 as a radar operator and received a National Defense Service Medal during the Korean conflict.
Ardin married the former Deana Hayes in Braintree, VT, October 10, 1957.
Over his lifetime, he held many jobs, including furniture maker, logger, sawmill worker and bridge construction worker. He then used his G.I. loan to further his education in the field of TV and radio repair. He was a TV repairman for Montgomery Ward. He also worked at Rutland Auto and the Rutland Gas Company. He then learned the plumbing trade and worked as a plumber until his retirement.
Ardin was a lifelong self-taught musician and entered his first competition playing fiddle at 10 years old. He formed his own band in his 20s and then continued with his music, playing with the Les Parker Orchestra for more than 30 years. He mastered many instruments, all without learning how to read music. He enjoyed getting together and camping at the Champlain Valley Bluegrass Festival with friends and family.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman and was a lifetime member of Mendon Fish and Game Club. He enjoyed rabbit hunting with his beagle, bird hunting with his American water spaniel, and fishing with his kids and grandkids. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and the day trips he took with three generations of his family.
Survivors include his wife, Deana; a son, Leslie Deyette, and his wife, Linda, of Mount Holly; a daughter, Lisa Goodrich and her husband, Joe, of Middletown Springs; and a daughter, Carissa Johnston and her husband, Michael, of Middletown Springs. He has eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, three brothers and a great-niece.
A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. March 8, 2014, at the Mendon Fish and Game Club. Burial will be held at a later date in the Veterans' Cemetery in Randolph Center.
He was always there to help friends and family and enjoyed doing so. He will be greatly missed.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mendon Fish and Game Club, P.O. Box 752, Rutland, VT 05701.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Ducharme Funeral Home Inc.; www.ducharmefuneralhome.com
Ducharme Funeral Home - Castleton
1939 Main Street
Castleton, VT 05735
Published in Rutland Herald on Feb. 28, 2014