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Eugene Ervin DeCell

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MANCHESTER -- Eugene E. DeCell, 74, a longtime resident of Manchester, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2005, at the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born Aug. 25, 1930 in Landgrove and raised on the family farm there. His parents were Ervin and Hattie (Wilder) DeCell. He was one of 14 children and attended local schools.

Eugene started to work when he was just 9. He was a hard worker and capable of many things. He married Mary (Bovey) DeCell and raised a family in Manchester.

During World War II, he served his country in the U.S. Army. He worked as a caretaker for several local families.

Eugene worked most of his years in the Danby marble quarry. He mostly was a stonecutter and retired after 39 years.

Eugene enjoyed Sunday drives in the country and family fishing and camping trips. He was an avid fan of wrestling. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Eugene, of Manchester; his daughter, Kim DeCell, of Auburn, N.Y.; a brother, Edward DeCell, of Brattleboro; his sister, Sylvia Valentine, of Wardsboro; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 2, at 1 p.m. at Brewster Funeral Home in Manchester. The Rev. Deborah Kamm, pastor of the Manchester First Baptist Church, will officiate. His cremated remains will be committed to the family burial plot in Factory Point Cemetery in Manchester. Memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Brewster Funeral Service, P.O. Box 885, Manchester, VT 05255. To send the DeCell family e-mail condolences, please consult www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 31, 2005
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