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Richard F. Harmon, Sr.

1929 - 2014 BENNINGTON Richard F. Harmon, Sr., 84, a resident of Buck Hill Road, died peacefully at his home on Wednesday evening Jan. 15, 2014, in the presence of his loving family. The son of Harry and Rose (Warren) Harmon, Richard was born in Bennington on Aug. 15, 1929. He grew up on the family farm on "The Flats" in Bennington and attended local schools. He joined the Vermont Army National Guard. During the early stages of the Korean War, his unit was called up to service and he was deployed to occupied Germany where he attended culinary school, which began a lifelong talent for cooking. Richard had a passion for farming, purchasing his present farm in 1952, where he raised cattle, ran a milk route and tended to his gardens of corn, potatoes and tomatoes. While at his parents' farm, he drove truck for the ice route, supplying area homes and business's. Richard had worked off the farm at Warn Wire in Pownal where he worked the third shift so he could tend to his farm chores during the day. He drove tractor trailer for Merrill Transport, Globe Union and became an independent cross-country driver hauling loads throughout the United States. He could navigate to many far-away locations without a map and knew the streets of Los Angeles from memory. He retired in 1985 due to health problems. He had assisted in the kitchen of the Blue Benn Diner. He was a member of The First Baptist Church of Bennington and American Legion Post 13. In earlier years, he was an avid hunter, and enjoyed fishing. He loved his cats and dogs, and his grandchildren were very special to him. He leaves his sons and daughters-in-law, Harry and Rhonda Harmon and Ricky and Melody Harmon, all of Shaftsbury; sister Mary Harrington of Bennington; grandchildren, Nicholas, Michael, Austin, Kevin, Carrie and Rosemary; great-granddaughter, Ashlyn, and nieces nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a son Michael in 1987; a brother, Warren, in 1991, and infant siblings Harry, Thressa and Virginia. FUNERAL NOTICE: Memorial services will be held Monday, Jan. 20, at 2 p.m. at The First Baptist Church with Interim Pastor Thomas Hiltsley officiating. There will be no calling hours. Memorial gifts may be made to the First Baptist Church and to DAV in care of the HANSON WALBRIDGE SHEA FUNERAL HOME, 213 West Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.


Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 17, 2014
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