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BENNINGTON -- Fred Kellum, 64, a resident of Burgess Road, died Thursday evening, June 21, 2007, at the Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center following a brief illness.

He was born in Cour D’Alene, Idaho, on July 13, 1942, the son of the late Kenneth and Betty (Sweitzer) Hinton. He received his education in Idaho and attended West High School in Bremerton, Wash.

Fred joined the Army in 1962 and retired in 1982 after 20 years of service. From 1962 until 1972, Fred was a crew chief and flew helicopters. In his last 10 years in the Army he was a military police officer. He did two tours of duty in Vietnam and one tour in the Dominican Republic.

After his retirement from the military, he ands his wife, the former Jean Betit, settled in Bennington and Fred went to work for F. W. Webb as a clerk and truck driver. Fred was a deputy sheriff for over five years. He graduated suma cum laude from Sage Junior College with an associate’s degree in law and then graduated from Southern Vermont College, magna cum laude, with a degree in criminal justice. He was currently studying law.

Fred was a lifelong member of the Vietnam Veterans Association, Chapter 601, of Bennington, a member of VFW Post 1332 Bennington, and a guardian ad litem for the Family Court in Bennington County.

Fred worked with the Explorer Scouts program through the Sheriff’s Department.

He loved working on cars, and recently had become a gardener, growing several varieties of flowers at his home.

Besides his wife of Bennington, Fred is survived by a son, Kenneth Wilson Kellum of Homosasas, Fla., and a daughter, Amy Kellum Burdick of Bennington. He leaves a brother, Edward R. Kellum of McNeil Island, Wash., and his step-granddaughter, Stephanie James-Tompkins of Homosasas, Fla. He also is survived by aunts, uncles and cousins.

He is predeceased by two stepsons, Denis James of Florida and Marshall James of Louisiana, and his stepdaughter, Betty Joelle Kellum of Utah.

A memorial service will be held Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the All Faiths Chapel at the Vermont Veterans Home with Thomas McDonough, chaplain of the VFW, officiating. A time of fellowship will follow at the VFW Post on North Street.

Interment will take place in the Vermont Veterans Cemetery in Randolph on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the VVA Memorial Fund through the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on June 23, 2007
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