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Duane H. Parks

PAWLET In the summer of 1945, Norman Rockwell spotted a handsome young Marine at a local dance. Later that year, Duane Parks was immortalized on the cover of Saturday Evening Post as The HomeComing Marine.On Friday morning Feb. 13, 2015, after many months of facing down often debilitating illness with the grit of the true Marine that he was, Duane (aged 91) passed away peacefully at the Rutland Health and Rehabilitation Center with his family close?by. One of 18 children and son of John and Blanche Park of Dorset, Duane is survived by his wife of 67 years, Luella (Monroe); his son, Chriss, daughter?in?law, Freddy, granddaughter, Emma and grandson, Monroe of Steamboat Springs, CO and La Combe France; his daughter, Candace of Pawlet and Sydney, Australia; his sisters, Pat Bishop of Rutland, Jane Beebe of East Dorset, Gertrude (Dolly) Chelpaty of Norwalk Connecticut and his brother, Robert of Theodore Alabama. And let's not forget his beloved cats Bonnie and Clyde. Duane served as a gunner in WWII. He was later employed by H.P. Hood in Pawlet, Eagle Bridge, NY and Burlington, VT until his retirement in 1986. He enjoyed golf, took up downhill skiing at age 69 and walked the Long Trail with his son over an 18 month period completing it just after his 82nd birthday. Unafraid to also show his softer side, he baked pies with his wife and enjoyed embroidery producing many beautiful gifts for families and friends. Duane will always be remembered for his sense of humor. In recent years, Duane attended church in Dorset. He didn't mind letting the minister know he could sleep there just as well as he could sleep at home! Duane continues in death as he lived his life with a final act of generosity and helping others through an anatomical donation to UVM. The family would like to thank relatives, friends (old and new) and healthcare professionals who have given so much of themselves over the past two years. In Duane's memory may we all continue to love and support each other with the same dedication and sense of purpose. SERVICES: A military service will be held at the United Congregational Church of Dorset and East Rupert on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donation to the Granville Rescue Squad. Semper Fi!
Published in Bennington Banner on Feb. 17, 2015
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