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Ray B. Kirkpatrick BENNINGTON VT Ray B. Kirkpatrick, 90, a resident of Garbrooke Drive, Bennington, died peacefully with family members nearby on Monday, January 30, 2012, at the Vermont Veterans Home where he lived the last three and a half years of his life, well cared for by an attentive, compassionate staff. Born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island on June 28, 1921, his elementary and secondary education was at various schools across New England. He earned a BS at Williams College, a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan and an MBA at Oklahoma City University. He held Professional Engineer licenses in New York, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Vermont and Missouri. In 1944 he married Mary Allison Beattie Kirkpatrick at Camp Crowder, Missouri before leaving on his tour of duty in Europe. He was a T5 Sgt in the Signal Corp where he worked on long lines as a repeater man in Belgium and Germany in War War II. For several years, Ray joined his father in the family owned business, Industrial Equipment and Engineering Company, a heating and ventilating business in Pittsfield, MA. Next he became an engineer at several GE installations in Massachusetts, New York, Oklahoma and Vermont, and at Emerson Electric in Missouri. In his last years before retirement he became a financial Planner for IDS/American Express. One of his greatest enjoyments was his 1902 Stanley steam car which he acquired while attending high school in 1939 in Ashland, New Hampshire and which the family still owns. The maintenance and operation of the vehicle involved the entire family over the years for parades, tours and pure pleasure. He enjoyed teaching his sons the skills necessary to make and keep it road worthy. There was a special pride he felt when his grandson Sam and granddaughters Linn, Erin and Kelly also became skilled drivers. Ray and his wife moved to Bennington from St. Louis, Missouri in 1989 to be closer to family. They bought a three car garage, removed the structure except for the foundation and had the foundation expanded to accommodate the construction of a new home. After a shell was professionally built, they lived and worked in it over the next nine months until the house was complete. Survivors include his wife, Mary Kirkpatrick of Bennington, a daughter, Suzanne Kirkpatrick of St. Louis, Missouri, two sons and daughters-in-law, Bowden (Bo) and Jamie Kirkpatrick of Bennington and Kevin and Karen Kirkpatrick of Burlington and their daughters Erin and Kelly; also, Bo's former wife Nancy Shay of Bennington and their children Linn of Brooklyn, NY and Sam, West Chester, PA. In addition to his parents, Ray is predeceased by his siblings, Hugh W. Kirkpatrick and Gertrude Stopford. MEMORIAL NOTICE: Memorial services celebrating the life of Ray B. Kirkpatrick will be held from the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, 108 School Street, Bennington on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Should friends desire, memorial contributions in Ray B. Kirkpatrick's name may be made to the Stanley Museum, School Street, Kingfield, Maine 04947 through the office of the MAHAR & SON FUNERAL HOME, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. Guest book condolences may be made at epmaharandsonfuneralhome.net

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Feb. 8, 2012
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