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Harold Raymond "Ray" Philputt

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BENNINGTON -- Harold Raymond “Ray” Philputt, 77, a resident of Pleasant Valley Road, Bennington, died Sunday, Aug. 8, 2004, at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center following a long illness.

Born in Bennington Feb. 24, 1927, he was the son of the late Harold A. and Mary M (Lollinger) Philputt.

He received his education in the Bennington schools and was a 1945 graduate of the former Bennington High School.

A World War II veteran, he served in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1947. During that time Ray served with the Medical Corps in Panama. Ray married the former Louise Gee on Oct. 8, 1955 at St. Francis de Sales Church in Bennington.

In earlier years, Ray worked as a house painter for both the late Patsy Santo and Earl Jacquith in the Bennington area. Following this he was employed at Sibley Manufacturing Co. as a machinist, where he also received training as a tool and dye maker. From 1958 until his retirement in 2003 at the age of 76, he was employed as a tool and dye maker at Tansitor Electronics in Bennington. During this span of 44 years Ray had many years of perfect attendance. He had an extremely strong and dedicated work ethic.

Ray was a member of St. Peters Episcopal Church in Bennington. For the past 58 years, Ray was a member of American Legion Post 13 in Bennington and was a member of the former Legion Band, where he played the baritone horn. He had a passion for marching band music, especially John Phillip Sousa.

As a young man Ray played semi-professional football for the Bennington Shamrocks. For 28 years, beginning in 1970, he was a dedicated fan of both the Mount Anthony Union High School girls and boys soccer and basketball teams. He had a special interest in hunting and was a collector of model cars. Ray was a former member of the Eagle Hose Company, Bennington Fire Department.

Ray was dedicated to his home and family and loved working on his property.

Survivors include his wife, Louise Philputt of Bennington; a daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Michael O’Daniel of Vergennes; a granddaughter, Meghan O’Daniel of Vergennes, who was very special and precious to Ray; a son, James Philputt of Bennington; and four step-children, James O’Daniel of Clinton, Miss., Cathy O’Daniel of East Bridgewater, Mass., Nancy O’Daniel Zimmer of Arlington, Mass. and Sharon O’Daniel, of Sommerville, Mass. A celebration of Ray Philputt’s life will be held at St. Peters Episcopal Church in Bennington on Thursday, Aug. 12, at 11 a.m., when the burial office with holy Eucharist will be offered by the Rev. Canon Robert Miner, interim rector.

Friends may call at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. when the family will be in attendance.

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

Should friends desire contributions in Harold R. Philputt’s memory may be made to the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201. All members of American Legion Post 13 are asked to meet at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. to conduct services in memory of Ray Philputt.
Published in Bennington Banner from Aug. 9 to Aug. 10, 2004
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