BELLOWS FALLS - Clayton Edward "Bud" Kathan, 85, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at the Springfield Hospital.
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He was born Oct. 18, 1927, in Putney, the son of Gladys S. and Dexter W. Kathan Sr. He attended schools in Putney and Brattleboro. He served in the United States Navy, assigned to the USS Columbus 74 Heavy Cruiser during World War II.
Mr. Kathan married Dolores "Doe" Currier in Bellows Falls on June 28, 1947. They traveled extensively in their motor home to 48 states of the United States.
Mr. Kathan sold insurance for Equitable Life Assurance, worked for the Bellows Falls Police for 20 years and with the Windham County Sheriff's Department for over 40 years, having graduated from the Police Academy and U.S. Marshals School. He was the first full-time court officer in Vermont.
Mr. Kathan's tenor voice rang out at Mass at St. Charles Catholic Church. He sang for weddings and funerals, and he was a member of The Yankee Male Chorus. He was a distinguished woodworker, and an avid outdoorsman, hunting and fishing all his life.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years; a daughter, Pam Kathan of Bellows Falls; a son, Thomas Kathan of Dalton, N.H.; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Carol Miller of West Brattleboro.
He was predeceased by his parents, a son, David, a daughter, Bonnie, a sister, Virginia, and brothers Dexter Jr., William and Robert.
Visiting hours will be held at the Fenton & Hennessey Funeral Home in Bellows Falls on Monday, Sept. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Maria at St. Charles Church on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 11 a.m.
Burial will follow the service at St. Charles Cemetery in Westminster.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Kidney Foundation, Inc. 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016
Published in Rutland Herald on Sept. 1, 2013