MONTPELIER - Roy H. Flanders, 84, of Four Seasons Community Care Home in Northfield, died peacefully Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014.
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He was born in Fairfax, Vt., May 26, 1929, the son of Gerald and Helen (Archambault) Flanders. He attended Bellows Free Academy of Fairfax until the necessity of his family's dairy farm required him to begin work at an early age.
Roy worked a number of jobs, including dairy farming and logging. He primarily worked as a sheet metal mechanic, first for the Norman C. White Co. in Newington, Conn., and later for many years at the Middlesex Fire Equipment Co., where he was shop foreman before a disability forced his retirement in 1978.
He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the United States Army, tank corps, from 1951 until his honorable discharge in 1953 with the rank of staff sergeant.
On July 2, 1955, he married Rebecca Ann Swenston in Hartford, Conn. They later divorced.
Roy was a participant of Project Independence in Barre, Vt., where he was able to make many lasting friendships over the years.
Survivors include his sons, Roy F. Flanders and his wife, Rebecca, of Conober, N.C., Paul J. Flanders and his companion, Corylinn Jenne, of North Montpelier, Vt., Robert L. Flanders, of Salisbury, N.C., Patrick R. Flanders and his wife, Roni, of Jamestown, N.C., and Lee A. Flanders, of Plainfield, Vt.; Rebecca Ann (Swenston) Flanders, his former spouse, of Salisbury, N.C.; sisters Alberta Buroker, of Port Arthur, Texas, and Lenna Flanders, of Rutland, Vt.; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his siblings Ernest Flanders, Leola Flanders and Lena Flanders; and a grandson, Joseph Griffith.
The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the aides, nurses and residents of Four Seasons Community Care Home, whom Roy considered his extended family.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday evening, Jan. 10, at Guare & Sons Funeral Home, 30 School St., Montpelier.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Project Independence, 81 N. Main St., Barre, VT 05641, or you may contribute online at www.pibarre.org.
Those wishing to express online condolences may do so at www.guareandsons.com.
Guare & Sons Funeral Home - Montpelier
30 School Street Montpelier, VT 05602
Published in Times Argus on Jan. 8, 2014