STANNARD - We have lost another veteran. Retired Master Sgt. Adrian "Buzz" Lumsden, 76, a longtime Stannard resident, died Sunday evening, April 6, 2014, in the comfort of his home, with his family at his bedside.
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Buzz was born May 29, 1937, in Greensboro, the son of the late Donald B. Lumsden Sr. and Irene (Brown) Lumsden.
He attended public schools in Greensboro, Hardwick Center School, East Hardwick, and graduated from Hardwick Academy in the class of 1955.
Buzz was employed by his father as a logger for a short time, prior to enlisting in the U.S. Air Force on Nov. 28, 1955. He was stationed in many locations including New York, Wyoming, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Maine, Delaware, North Carolina, the Philippines and Thailand. He also served proudly during the Korean and Vietnam wars. Master Sgt. Lumsden retired from the military on Nov. 30, 1975, returning to Stannard.
On Oct. 29, 1956, he married Inez Rose Willey in Stannard. Together they raised five children, Adrian Jr., Willie, Rose, Ruth and Sue.
Upon Buzz's retirement from the military, he drove a school bus and was road commissioner for the town of Stannard. He also owned and operated a private trucking business, and he worked at two bowling centers (Bangor, Maine, and Berlin, Vt.) as a mechanical technician.
Buzz was a member of the American Legion Post 7 of Hardwick, The Retired Enlisters Association and the Disabled American Veterans Association.
He enjoyed bowling, traveling and trips to casinos, as well as being involved in his children's various activities while they were growing up.
Survivors include his loving wife, Inez, of Stannard; a son, William "Willie" Lumsden, and his wife, Carol, of Hardwick; three daughters: Rose M. Lovejoy and her husband, Daryl, of Waterboro, Maine, and Ruth J. Pickard and her husband, Steve, and Susan V. Thomas and her husband, Jay, all of Stannard; four grandchildren: Jamie Lovejoy, of Dayton, Maine, Justin Thomas and his wife, Jen, of Colchester, Conn., Elizabeth Lumsden, of Hardwick, and Eric Lumsden, of Baltimore, Md.; and a great-grandson, Paxton Lovejoy, of Dayton, Maine.
Buzz was predeceased by a son, Adrian L. Lumsden Jr., and a brother, Donald B. Lumsden Jr.
Visiting hours will be held Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Northern Vermont Funeral Home, 60 Elm St., Hardwick.
A full military honors graveside service will be held in May at the Stannard Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Hardwick Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 837, Hardwick, VT 05843.
Arrangements are under the direction of Dian R. Holcomb of Northern Vermont Funeral Service, 60 Elm St., Hardwick.
Northern Vermont Funeral Service
60 Elm Street Hardwick, VT 05843-0063
Published in Times Argus on Apr. 9, 2014