AUBURN -- Donald Earle Vail, 66, died Jan. 2, 2011, at home after a long and brave battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
He was born Jan. 31, 1944, in Hartford, Conn., to Leonard Vail and Edith Vail (Parker).
He was raised in Watertown, Mass., and graduated from Watertown High School in 1962. He attended Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh, N.Y., and obtained an associate's degree in criminal justice.
He was a Vietnam War veteran of the U.S. Air Force, achieving the rank of sergeant. After honorable discharge in 1968, he then served four years in the reserves.
He later worked at Digital Equipment in Contoocook, until 1996, and then as a manufacturing coordinator at Avid Technology Corp. in Tewksbury, Mass., until 2001. He moved to Auburn in 1994.
He loved animals (especially his beloved dog ), country music, singing, playing the guitar, telling jokes, his truck, painting, woodworking, and tinkering around his workshop. He'll be remembered for generosity, compassion, sense of humor, witty one-liners, and loving and gentle spirit.
Family members include his wife of 23 years, Paula (Whalen) Vail of Auburn; his mother, Edith Noftle of Boxborough, Mass.;his brother Garfield Vail of Misssisippi; his sister Carolyn Vail of Boxborough, Mass.; his sister Frances Vail of Troy; eight grandchildren; and other family members.
IN HIS LIFE: He is also survived by his children, Katharine Burchell of New York; Jane Vail and Scott Goodwin of New York; Daniel and Amber Vail of Maryland; Kelly and Robert Sirois of Londonderry; Scott Zumwalt of Auburn; and Lisa Connolly of Manchester.
SERVICES: Private funeral services will be at New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery Chapel, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen.
Memorial donations may be made to Manchester Animal Shelter, 490 Dunbarton Road, Manchester, 03102.
Thibault-Neun Funeral Home of Franklin is assisting with details (www.neunfuneralhomes.com).