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Donald Watkins Sr.

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Donald Watkins, Sr. 1932 - 2010 CAMBRIDGE, NY Donald L. Watkins, Sr., 78, formerly of Cambridge, died Friday, Aug. 13, 2010, at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. He was the beloved husband of Marilyn Ruggles Watkins. Born Friday, May 6, 1932, in Cambridge, son of William F. and Harriet Decker Watkins, he attended Cambridge Central School, then joined the Army in 1949. After serving in the Korean War and receiving several medals, he returned home in 1952 and worked at various jobs until going to work for the New York State Dept. of Transportation and Waterways. He worked there for over 40 years, 30 of which he was a captain of Hydraulic Dredging. Don was a policeman for the Village of Cambridge for 17 years and a Washington County Special Deputy. An active member of the community, he was a volunteer fireman and a member of Captain Maxson Post # 634 of the American Legion for over 50 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and bowling, all activities that he spent time teaching his children. The family camped together for over 20 years at Bulwagga Bay on Lake Champlain. He and Marilyn spent the past 13 years in Alabama, moving back to the area in June. Along with his wife of 54 years, Don leaves six children, Deneise Watkins-Kenny of Johnsonville, Darlene O'Shea of Bennington, Vt., Donald Watkins, Jr. (Jake) of Hebron, Deawanna Lorrie Carknard of Alabama, Douglas L. Watkins of Fairhaven, Vt., and Leonard Oddy of Schenectady; a brother, Harold Watkins of Salem; three half-brothers, George, Bobby and Frank Thomas; 27 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter-in-law, Laurie Watkins, and five siblings, Francis aka Beaver, Bill, Frank, Blanche and Edie. FUNERAL NOTICE: Friends and relatives are invited to call on Tuesday, Aug. 17, from 3 to 6 p.m. at ACKLEY & ROSS FUNERAL HOME, 73 West Main St., Cambridge, NY. A funeral service, conducted by the Rev. Debbie Bessie, will take place at the funeral home on Wednesday, Aug. 18, at 11 a.m. Cremation will follow. Don was a good man who proudly served his country and community. He was devoted to and truly loved by his family. He will be greatly missed. Please visit www. ackleyrossfuneralhome.com to share a memory or send a condolence.

Published in Bennington Banner on Aug. 16, 2010
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