MONTPELIER - Peter Goodwin Huntsman, 83, formerly of Fuller Street, Montpelier, died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, at the Rowan Court Nursing Home, where he was a resident for the past year.
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He was born in Montpelier Oct. 5, 1929, the son of Alexander M. and Mabel Goodwin Huntsman.
He lived in Montpelier, Vt., all his life and graduated from Montpelier High School in 1947.
He married Carol Thomsen on Dec. 29, 1950, in the Christ Episcopal Church in Teaneck, N.J.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, stationed on Guam.
On discharge from the Marines, he worked with his father at Huntsman's Paint and Wallpaper store in Montpelier.
There were four children from his marriage, James, Patricia, William and Susan.
He was active in the Boy Scouts, acting as scoutmaster for years, with a trip to the Scout Ranch in Philmont, N.M., in 1968.
He served as executive director of Vermont Green-Up for several years.
Peter was active in the Masonic bodies of Vermont. He was a brother member of Aurora Lodge 22 of Montpelier and a member of the Montpelier Square and Compass Club. He was a 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason. He served in the Grand Lodge of Vermont as the grand senior deacon. He was on the planning board of the 32nd degree Masonic Children's Learning Center in Williston, Vt. He was very interested and active with the history of Masons in Vermont and New England.
He was a lifelong member of the Montpelier First Baptist Church, singing in the choir for many years, and an officer of many boards and committees.
Peter also was a lifelong stamp collector and birder, combining with hiking and camping all over the United States and Canada. In earlier years, he enjoyed fishing and duck hunting.
Survivors include his wife, Carol, of Montpelier; daughter Susan H. Macary and her husband, Frank, of Woodbury, Vt.; sons Jamie Huntsman and his wife, Joy, of Montpelier, and William Huntsman and his wife, Cynthia, of Middlesex; grandchildren Tucker Huntsman, Abigail Huntsman, Jason Harvey, Laura Winingham, Francis Macary, Peter Macary, Sarah Macary and Stephen Macary; and five great-grandchildren; sister Ruth M. Cuzzens and her husband, Elmer, of Montpelier.
He was predeceased by his oldest daughter, Patricia.
A Masonic service and memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at the First Baptist Church in Montpelier. A reception and fellowship will follow at the Boutwell Masonic Center at 288 Gallison Hill Road, Montpelier, VT 05602.
Following the reception, a burial with military honors will be at Middlesex Center Cemetery at 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be sent to: Aurora Lodge 22 Scholarship Fund, 288 Gallison Hill Road, Montpelier, VT 05602.
Those wishing to send online condolences may do so at www.guareandsons.com, and go to Peter's obituary.
Guare & Sons Funeral Home - Montpelier
30 School Street Montpelier, VT 05602
Published in Times Argus on Oct. 1, 2013