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Leo L. Colvin

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DANBY -- Leo L. Colvin, 77, a lifelong resident of Danby, died Thursday morning, Dec. 9, 2004 at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington. Leo was born in Manchester on March 22, 1927 to Elmer and Nellie (Matson) Colvin. He attended schools in Manchester.

On May 24, 1944, he married Jessie M. (Dorr) Colvin. They were married for 42 years before her passing in 1986. They spent most of their married life in Manchester and Danby.

Leo served in the United States Army during World War II in France. During his time in the Army, Leo received two Distinguished Medals of Honor and the Victory Medal in Europe. After returning home from France, Leo worked for the United States Forestry Service for several years. He retired from the Manchester Wood Company after 20 years of service.

Leo was an avid hunter and fisherman. He also enjoyed playing the game of bingo with family and friends, especially at the special bingos that they held for the veterans at the Bennington Veterans Home. His true passion was his total dedication to his wife, daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Leo was also a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars upon his return from France.

Leo is survived by his daughter, Virginia Edmunds and her husband David of Poultney; his four grandchildren, Debbie Ballantine and her husband Mark, Leon Croff and Jack Croff, all of Poultney, Ricky Croff and his wife Carole of Middle Granville, N.Y.; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Nedaleen Ford of Mt. Tabor; and several nieces and nephews. Leo was predeceased by his wife, Jessie Mae (Dorr) Colvin in 1986 and a brother, Cecil Colvin in 2004.

Graveside funeral services with full military honors will be held in Scottsville Cemetery in Danby on Monday, Dec. 13 at 1 p.m. with the Rev. John Foster officiating. There are no visiting hours. A reception will follow at the American Legion Post 39, Granville Street, Poultney.

In lieu of flowers, his daughter has requested that donations be made payable to Virginia Edmunds at 101 Ruby Road, Poultney, VT 05764 for a special bingo in Leo’s honor to be held at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington.

For directions or to send e-mail condolences, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com. Arrangements are under the care of the Brewster Funeral Service, 34 Park Place, Manchester.
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 11, 2004
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