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1937 Obituaries

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Friend Barney
Rupert Blair, 8/26/2000
Claude Campbell, 1/6/1997
Daniel Carr, 2/8/2001
Donald Chace, 4/18/2000
Robert Chilson, 10/28/2000
Frank Chiolino, 7/15/2001
William Crittendon, 4/1/1993
James Eacmen, 3/13/1996
Kenneth Elliott, 7/7/1987
Ritchie Garrison, 2/22/1997
John Gerety, 2/13/2002
Marion Graves, 5/8/1996
Joseph Guerin, 6/24/1989
Lee Hancock, 11/19/1983
Philip Hawes, 12/27/2006
John Hosmer, 2/2/1998
John Howe, 2/11/1996
George W. Hunt
, 4/1/2012
Stanley Johnson, 12/6/2000
Walter Lanfranconi
Elias Liakos, 2/19/1997
Richard Weymouth Loheed, Sr., 3/4/2012
Earl Mumley, 9/19/1989
Henry "Harry" Murch, 1/31/2008
Dean Rexford, 1/1/1998
Charles Smith, 10/1/1994
Thorne E. Spaulding, 2/19/2011
Everett Swett, 8/31/1995
Vincent Tranfaglia, 2/12/1990
Ian Turner, 3/15/1986
Samuel White
James F. Whitney
Charles Williams, 11/4/2004
William Zapponi, 2/17/2004

George W. Hunt

George W. Hunt, 96, passed away on Sunday, April 1, 2012. George was predeceased by his wife, Bernice. He is survived by his two children from a previous marriage, Cynthia Wrobel, Dalton, PA, George W. Hunt, III, Seattle, WA; two grandsons, Timothy Wrobel, Reading , PA, Geoffrey and his wife, Kimberly Wrobel and their children, Keith and Kyle, Waverly, PA; nephew, John H. and Dianne Chapin and their two sons, Craig and Kent and their siblings. George was born May 30, 1915 in Montpelier, VT. He received his early education in Vermont and graduated from Montpier High School in 1933, followed by two years at Norwich University, Northfield, VT, two years at Colgate University, graduating in 1937, followed by three years at Boston University Law School, graduating in 1940. For a brief period George practiced law in Vermont, later in partnership with his father, George L. Hunt, except for years 1942-1945 as Special Agent, FBI. Upon retirement by father, George opted for change, leaving with family for Texas, where after admission to the Texas bar by reciprocity, George took employment with Convair, Carswell AFB, Fort Worth, TX, for work on the B-58 Hustler Program. In 1959, George with his family, returned east to settle in Owego where he commenced employment with IBM, Owego, retiring in 1982. George was a member of the Owego United Methodist Church and a member of the church choir. He was also active in the local Meals-On-Wheels Program. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the Owego United Methodist Church, 261 Main St., Owego with the Rev. Alan Jagger, officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior the services at the Church. Burial will be held at the Berlin Corner Cemetery, Berlin, VT at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made in George W. Hunt's memory to the Owego United Methodist Church, Endowment Fund, 261 Main St., Owego, NY 13827 or a charity of one's choice

Richard Weymouth Loheed Sr.

Richard Weymouth Loheed, Sr., 97, of Valley Lee, Md., died on April 28, 2012. Born March 4, 1915, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he was the son of the late Arthur Irwin Loheed and Myrtle Gladys (Jones) Loheed. A graduate of Brockton High School in Massachusetts, Mr. Loheed received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering in 1937 from Norwich University, graduating fifth in his class. He was a member of the U.S. Army Reserves, attaining the rank of Captain.

In August 1938, he married Phyllis E. Norton of Springfield, Vt., mother of his four children. During WWII, Richard was a process engineer at Bethlehem Steel in Baltimore, Md., producing war materiel using techniques he would later adapt to paper and packaging design. After the war, he became a development engineer and division manager for the Sealright Corporation in Phoenix, N.Y. During this time, he carried the world's first plastic coated paper milk carton from research to production of 750 million units annually.

In the early 1950s, he moved with his family to Cleveland, Ohio, becoming a process engineer for Pure-Pak Corporation. Here he helped to develop the ubiquitous "pitcher-pour" milk carton, the first of its kind, and still in worldwide use today. In the late '50s, he created the Paper and Plastics Division of Charles T. Main Engineering in Boston, Mass., and served as the President of TAPPI (Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industries). This led to his appointment as director of research for Inland Container Corporation of Indianapolis, Ind. In that capacity, he moved to West Lafayette, Ind., to design, construct, and operate the Inland Container Research Laboratory at Purdue University. 

In the 1970s, Richard founded PakCo Inc., a producer of vacuum formed plastic packaging components. He retired from active business in 1990, becoming involved in other pursuits including: assistance in construction supervision of the Oak Run residential project in Westport, Maine, summer management work at Boothbay Harbor Inn, sailing and traveling across America, to Costa Rica, and to his birthplace in Argentina.

Richard is survived by his children: Candace Loheed of San Francisco, Calif., Shelley Loheed of Manchester, N.H. and Cambridge, Mass., Richard W. Loheed, II of Valley Lee, Md., and Philip N. Loheed of Lincoln, Mass.; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and his sister, Bettina L. Moore of Lake Wales, Fla. In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his siblings, Katherine L. Packard, Hubert B. Loheed, and Robert S. Loheed.

Services took place on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 47477 Trinity Church Road, St. Mary's City, MD 20686.

Henry "Harry" Murch

Henry "Harry" Murch, 93, formerly of Worcester, MA died peacefully on January 31, 2008 in Gulfport, MS. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Ruth Akerlund Murch, a brother, Charles, who died serving his country in World War II and his sisters Dorothy Dowd and Elizabeth Gifford. He leaves a son, Andrew Murch and his wife Cynthia of Worcester; a daughter, Judith Elick and her husband William Elick Jr. of Gulfport; and two grandchildren, Christopher Murch of Worcester and Kimberly Murch of Shrewsbury. Harry was born and raised in Worcester, son of Henry J. Murch Sr. and Ethel (Stone) Murch.

After graduating from Classical High School, he attended Norwich University. He was a World War II Army veteran having served in the Pacific from 1944 to the war's end. He was a longtime employee of Holden Plastics Corp. retiring in his early seventies.

Harry loved golf, both playing and watching, was an avid reader and cribbage player and a lifelong Red Sox fan.

He was a devoted husband and father who loved being with his family, especially the many wonderful summer vacations spent at Goose Rocks Beach in Maine.

Thorne E. Spaulding

Thorne E. Spaulding, 95, of Laconia, NH, died on Saturday, February 19, 2011, at the Taylor Community. He was the widower of Rhoda (Brown) Spaulding who died in 2008.

Thorne was born August 6, 1915, in St. Johnsbury, VT, the son of Ora E. and Hazel (Gorham) Spaulding. He was educated in the St. Johnsbury school system. He graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy in 1933 and from Norwich University in 1937 with a bachelor's degree in engineering. While at Norwich, he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon and the baseball, basketball, and fencing teams. He was also a member of the War Whoop and Guidon staffs.

Thorne was a captain in the Army Air Force during World War II, having served three years in the Asiatic-Pacific theater with the 348th and 475th - Fighter Groups of the 5th Air Force. He received the Asiatic-Pacific Service Ribbon with seven battle stars, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one battle star and the Presidential Unit Citation with an Oak Leaf Cluster.

Thorne lived in St. Johnsbury, VT for 44 years before moving to Beloit, WI, where he lived for 16 years. He worked for Fairbanks, Morse Co. in various engineering positions relating to the development and manufacture of weighing scales from 1937 until his retirement in 1975.

Thorne married Rhoda Brown on April 20, 1946. Upon retirement, they settled in Sanbornton, NH for 12 years and in May 1988 they moved to the Taylor Community in Laconia. Since 2002, they resided at Taylor Community Ledgeview. He derived much pleasure in the construction and operation of radio-controlled model airplanes and radio-controlled model sailboats. He was a charter member of the Winnipesaukee Radio Controllers and former member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics. He maintained a devoted interest in the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots and the Boston Celtics.

Survivors include a brother, Gordon G. Spaulding, of St. Johnsbury, VT; and a nephew, Todd G. Spaulding, also of St. Johnsbury.

According to Mr. Spaulding's wishes, there will be no calling hours or funeral services. Spring burial will be in the family lot in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, St. Johnsbury, VT. Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, NH is assisting the family with the arrangements.

James F. Whitney

James F. Whitney, 94, of 31 Brenton Terrace, Pittsfield, Mass., died Friday, July 9, at his home. Born in Bennington, Vt. on August 12, 1915, he graduated from high school in Bennington. He graduated from Norwich University with a degree in Chemistry. While at Norwich, James was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He played football his junior and senior years, and made the Dean's list his senior year.

James served as a major with the Army during World War II, and later attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel while serving in the Army Reserves. He was decorated with the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious achievement from June 28, 1944, to May 1, 1945, in France and Germany.

James, a chemical engineer, was with General Electric Plastics for 35 years, retiring in 1976. He was a communicant of St. Mark Church. He enjoyed playing golf, gardening, and home improvement projects.

His wife, the former Alba M. Daneluzzi, whom he married April 13, 1940, died April 14, 2007.

James leaves two daughters, Jorene Whitney of Akron, Ohio, and Lisa Whitney of New York City; a brother, Grant Whitney, and his wife, Judy, of Tempe, Ariz.; a sister-in-law, Jane Whitney Daignault; two grandchildren, Bridget Lazlow and Gregory LaPlant, and two great-grandchildren, Emily Lazlow and Allison Lazlow.

Funeral services were held on July 19 at Dery Funeral Home with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at St. Mark Church. Burial followed at St. Joseph's Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of James may be made to St. Mark Church or to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, both in care of the funeral home, 54 Bradford Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201.


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