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Richard Thurber

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Richmond B. Thurber "Richie" 1927-2010 BENNINGTON Richmond B. "Richie" Thurber, 83, a long time resident of Middle Pownal Road, Bennington, died Friday, September 17, 2010 at the Vermont Veterans' Home following a long illness. Born in Bennington May 24, 1927, he was the son of the late Ralph and Irene A. (Burgess) Thurber. Richie received his education in the Bennington schools and was a graduate of Bennington High School. He later attended Gould Academy in Maine, where he studied business and enjoyed ski jumping. Post-secondary schooling, Richie worked state side for the U.S. Navy in Philidelphia, helping returning vets and becoming a WWII Navy veteran himself. He married the former Elaine Robinson in Manchester on June 16, 1950. Mrs. Thurber died September 14, 1984. For many years, Richie was active in the family business, Thurber Oldsmobile and Jeep on Pleasant Street in Bennington. He later opened Thurber's Car Wash and retired from the former Globe Union Company. A very active member of the Hale Mountain Fish and Game Club for many years, he was a former longtime member of Stark Hose Company, Bennington Fire Department and of several local fraternal clubs in Bennington. Richie was an avid horseman and owned both standard bred and thoroughbreds at one time, racing both often. He also enjoyed playing cards and gambling. Richie also enjoyed the outdoors as an avid hunter and fisherman. In earlier years, Richie enjoyed hunting trips with his father and brothers all over North America, often wrestling to see would use the favorite Wilbur J. Hauke 25 mag. Later, he enjoyed Alaskan salmon fishing trips with his grandchildren and friends. He could frequently be found either fishing in Woodford or the Battenkill throughout his entire life. He passed his love of the outdoors to his children, grandchildren and finally to his great-grandchildren, who specifically attended the Vermont Veterans Home fishing derby with him two weeks ago. With the help of their "Pa", they were able to win a large trophy and fishing gear. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Robin and Lorraine Thurber of Woodford; a daughter and son-in-law, Barbarann and James Logan of Pownal; six grandchildren, Scott Rose, Justin Thurber, Ryan Thurber and wife Katie, Emily Thurber and husband Matt, Logan Thurber and Carson Thurber and several great-grandchildren; a brother, Glen Thurber and wife Barbara, of Point Lookout, NY and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a son, Richmond Arthur Thurber and by a sister and brother, Vivian Saunderson and Ralph Thurber Jr. In addition to his family, Richie is survived by a very close and dear friend, Niles Callanan, whom he saw regularly and who took him to the races to enjoy his favorite pastime, "betting the ponies." FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral will be held from the Four Chaplains' All Faiths Chapel at the Vermont Veterans' Home on Friday, September 24, 2010 at 1 p.m. Friends may call at THE MAHAR & SON FUNERAL HOME Thursday from 6 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 memorial contributions in Richmond B. Thurber's memory may be made to the Hale Mountain Fish and Game Club through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. Guest book condiolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net.

Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 21, 2010
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