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Conwell Porter Dearth

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BENNINGTON -- Conwell Porter Dearth, 84, a resident of Fillmore Pond and a former resident of Milford, Conn., died Monday, Nov. 15, 2004, at his residence following a long illness.

Born in Sullivan, Ill. Dec. 14, 1919, he was the son of the late Arthur and Sadie Marie (Poland) Dearth. He received his education in the Sullivan schools and later attended Boston University.

A World War II veteran, Mr. Dearth served in the U.S. Army from 1940 through 1945. He saw action in the Philippines and Aleutian Islands and was discharged with the rank of sergeant.

Mr. Dearth married the former Mary Ann Hinkhouse in Franklin County, Miss. on June 16, 1941. Mrs. Dearth died April 13, 2002.

In earlier years, he was employed at Bolta Plastics in Granby, Quebec, Canada, and later owned and operated a gun shop in Clinton Corners, N.Y. At the time of his retirement, he was employed by the Ohio Rubber Company in Stratford, Conn.

Mr. Dearth was a member of the Bridgeport, Conn. Rod and Gun Club. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf and competitive rifleshooting.

Survivors include three sons, Stephen C. Dearth of Hamburg, N.Y., Mark W. Dearth of Gilbert, Ariz. and William D. Dearth of Marlboro; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife, Mr. Dearth was predeceased by a brother, William Dearth.

The funeral will be held from the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Saturday, Nov. 20, at noon. There will be no calling hours.

Burial will take place in the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery.

Contributions in Mr. Dearth’s memory may be made to the National Kidney Foundation through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 17, 2004
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