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Bruce O. Bouker

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WHITINGHAM -- Bruce O. Bouker, 76, a former resident of Whitingham, died Monday morning, July 3, 2006, at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington, where he had resided since October 2005.

Mr. Bouker was born in Greenfield, Mass., on Dec. 2, 1929. He was the son of the late Gilbert and Elsie (Othick) Bouker and was a 1948 graduate of Greenfield High School. He continued his education at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Following college, he entered the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict, where he attained the rank of sergeant. He worked as a weather observer aboard an aircraft ahead of the bombers and reported weather conditions during their missions. In earlier years, he worked as a milkman and for the Stone and Webster Construction Company, building the Yankee Atomic plant in Rowe, Mass. When the plant was completed, he was asked to remain at the plant with Yankee Atomic, where he retired as a chemical engineering assistant.

He was a member of American Legion Post 5 of Brattleboro, a life member of V.F.W. Post 8503 of Shelburne Falls, Mass., and the Vermont Trappers Association. Mr. Bouker was an avid hunter and fisherman, and he had extensively studied genealogy. He maintained a profound interest in Russian and Ukraine history, of which he became very knowledgeable.

He leaves his sons, Brian J. Bouker of Readsboro and Barry M. Bouker of Whitingham; a daughter, Brenda Bouker of Atmar, N.Y.; as well as nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a sister, Lois Bistrek, and brothers Major General John Bouker, Richard Sibley and Guy Sibley Sr.

Graveside funeral services will be held at the Veterans War Memorial Cemetery on the grounds of the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington on Friday, July 7, at 11 a.m. Conducting the service will be the Rev. Michael A. DeMasi, Catholic chaplain of the veterans home. Full military honors will be provided by members of American Legion Post 29 of Readsboro.

Memorial gifts in memory of Mr. Bouker may be directed to the Activities Department at the Vermont Veterans Home in care of the Covey & Allen Funeral Home, P.O. Box 215, Wilmington, VT 05363.

To send condolences to the family of Bruce O. Bouker, visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on July 5, 2006
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