BARRE - David Leslie Blodgett, 65, of Academy Street, died Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at the Rowan Court Health and Rehabilitation Center in Barre, after a long illness, with his family at his bedside.
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Born March 26, 1948, in Barre, he was the son of Francis A. and Harriett (Lauth) Blodgett and had attended Barre schools and Spaulding High School, receiving his GED in 1969.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in May of 1969 and was honorably discharged in 1972, after serving in the Vietnam War.
After leaving the Army, he lived in Barre and Sioux Falls, S.D., where he worked in the circulation department of a major newspaper. He also filled a maintenance position on a part-time basis. In 2011, he moved back to the Barre area where he had spent his younger years.
David's many interests included singing karaoke, his beloved cat, as well as his love for all animals, fishing and playing cards.
His memberships included the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 792 in Montpelier, and VFW Post 628 in Sioux Falls, S.D., and Disabled American Veterans.
Survivors include three sons, Aaron Blodgett and his wife, Leslie, David Blodgett Jr. and Joey Todd Blodgett, and stepdaughter Kelly Anderson, all of Vermont; aunt Josephine E. Lauth, of Barre; as well as many nieces and nephews, especially Jessica, Joshua, DJ, Hunter and Elias, of Minnesota and South Dakota; Helen Fisk-Farnsworth, Sam Fisk and Tammy Blodgett, of Vermont. He is also survived by his special friend Audrey Cubitt, of Waterbury.
He was predeceased by two sons, Adam and Damion, his parents, grandparents and four brothers: Francis, Joseph, Norman and Eddy.
A graveside service to celebrate David's life will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, in the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center.
A reception for family and friends will follow at the Randolph Senior Center, 6 Hale St., Randolph.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Vermont Humane Society, P.O. Box 687, Montpelier, VT 05601; or the Salvation Army, Barre at 25 Keith Ave., Barre, VT 05641.
The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, is in charge of the arrangements.
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Published in Times Argus from May 16 to May 18, 2013