Robert Haley, 81, of Rutland, died Friday morning, March 15th, 2013, at his residence following a long illness.
He was born in Rutland on October 2nd, 1931, son of Elsie Rice and George W. Haley.
As a child he lived in various Rutland area towns and graduated from Black River High School.
Following graduation he enlisted into the U.S. Navy
serving four years on an LST patrolling the southern U.S. coastline and the Caribbean Sea. At discharge he then re-enlisted with the U.S. Air Force
serving 16 years with stations in England, Alaska, Vietnam and Washington, D.C. Following his honorable discharge with twenty years of service with the U.S. Military, Mr. Haley returned to Vermont going to work for the General Electric Company working in Rutland and Ludlow plants. He retired from GE following twenty years of service. During his retirement years Mr. Haley enjoyed his summers cleaning the outside at the Village Snack Bar.
Mr. Haley was a member of the American Legion Post 31, the Veterans of Foreign Wars
Post 648 of Rutland, and former member of American Legion Post 36 of Ludlow. He also served as Deputy Commander of the Vermont American Legion and was a Noble of Cairo Shrine and member of the Drum and Bugle marching unit.
Survivors include his wife Betty of 52 years whom he married December 23, 1960, 2 daughters, Diana and her husband Kevin Glennon of South Weymouth, MA., Lenora and her husband Michael Rumrill Sr. of Rutland, his sister Kathryn and her husband Gordon Mackwell of Redding. Seven grandchildren, Kyle and wife Angela Glennon, Sean and Robert Glennon, April and her husband Michael Rumrill Jr. Heather Norton and her fiancé Travis Rossi, Tanya and her husband Tyler Davis and Felicia Turco. Six great-grandchildren Ashlynn, Anthony, Rhianna, Austin, Ethan and Tyler.
He was predeceased by his son Robert Haley Jr.
Celebration of life will be 12 noon Monday, March 18th at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, Wales St., Rutland.
Memorial Services will be at a later date at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph.
Memorial contributions may be to Rutland Visiting Nurse and Hospice Assoc., Albert Cree Dr., Rutland, VT 05701.