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Leroy C. "Larry" Dunn

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Leroy C. Dunn 1925 - 2009 BENNINGTON Leroy C. "Larry" Dunn, 84, a 57-year resident of Chapel Road, died Friday, Sept. 25, 2009, at his residence following a long illness. Born in Bennington Jan. 30, 1925, son of Leroy H. and Marguerite Lawrence Dunn, he received his education in the North Bennington and Manchester schools. A World War II veteran, Larry served with the Navy's Seabees as a crane operator from 1943 thru 1946 in the re-building of Pearl Harbor. Larry married the former Pauline "Polly" Kittel at the First United Methodist Church in Bennington on Aug. 14, 1948. Polly died on July 28, 2008. He was employed for over 30 years as a master equipment mechanic at the Union Carbide Corporation in Bennington. An avid outdoorsman, known as "Ridgerunner," he especially enjoyed hunting and for many years raised beagle dogs. He owned the Shirk-Shire Haven Gun Shop, which he operated from his home in earlier years, and had always enjoyed taking pictures of the many experiences he had from hours spent in the woods of Vermont. Larry's photo collection is a history of family get-togethers, time spent with friends and the beauty of nature that he loved so much. He was a motorcycle owner since the early 1950s and was an avid snowmobiler for over 25 years. For several years, Larry and his family have operated the Leakee Bucket Sugar Shack at their home on Chapel Road. He was a great "hit and miss" engine operator and loved going to fairs to show his engines and also seeing other people's engines. Larry was a member of the White Chapel Society and the Hale Mountain Fish and Game Club and a life member of the National Rifle Association. He was the past president of the Eveready Rifle and Pistol Club and a former member of the Bennington Rescue Squad. The family would like to thank the physicians, nurses and aides on Frost Wing at the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation for all their help and also would like to thank three longtime friends, Bud Mattison, Cliff Becker, and Donna Pratt for always being there whenever the family needed them. Larry leaves a son and daughter-in-law, Ted and Rose Dunn of Chapel Road, Bennington; a daughter and son-in-law, Wendy and Stephen Moses of Margate, Fla.; three grandchildren, Jason Dunn and his wife, Stephanie, and Jessica Campbell and her husband, Chris, all of Chapel Road, and Jennison Moses of Margate; three great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Jeffrey Dunn and Lauren Campbell; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Larry was predeceased by a sister, Jane Woodward. At Larry's request his remains were donated to the Anatomical Gifts Program at Albany Medical College. FUNERAL NOTICE: Friends and relatives are invited to Larry's home on Chapel Road on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, from noon till 4 p.m. for a time of celebration and remembrances of Larry's life. Burial will take place in the family lot in White Chapel Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Should friends desire, contributions in Larry Dunn's memory may be made to the White Chapel Society or VNA & Hospice of Southwestern Vermont Health Care through the office of the MAHAR & SON FUNERAL HOME, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. Guest book condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net.
Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 28, 2009
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