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Edmund H. Bills

1930 - 2016 BENNINGTON- Edmund H. "Ed" Bills, 86, a former resident of High Street in Brattleboro died peacefully early Wednesday morning, August 24, 2016 at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington where he had been a resident since 1996. Mr. Bills was born in Englewood, New Jersey on August 10, 1930, the son of Lewis and Inez (Cherrie) Bills. He attended schools in Fort Lee, New Jersey, Newfane and later Chesterfield, New Hampshire. In 1947 at the tender age of 17 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving on board the USS Warrington (DD-843). Following his honorable discharge from the Navy in 1950 later that same year he enlisted in the U.S. Army and successfully completed airborne school. In December, 1950 he was deployed to the Korean War with the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1953 with the rank of corporal. Memories from that terrible conflict would haunt him in the form of PTSD for the rest of his life. Mr. Bills returned home to Brattleboro and had been employed locally working in the building and grounds department at the Brattleboro Retreat and later at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. He was a member of the V.F.W., Carl M. Dessaint Post #1034 and the John Blake Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans. A motorcycle enthusiast, he enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson and was an avid fisherman. Survivors include several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great nephews as well as his extended family at the Veteran's Home in Bennington. He was predeceased by three brothers, Allen, Neil and George Bills. FUNERAL SERVICES: Graveside committal services with full military honors will be conducted Saturday at 10:00 A.M. in Locust Ridge Cemetery on Black Mountain Road. There are no calling hours at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Vermont Veterans Home, 325 North Street, Bennington, VT 05201. To sign an online register book or send messages of e-condolence please visit www.atamaniuk.com Arrangements are under the direction of the Atamaniuk Funeral Home.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Aug. 26, 2016
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