Hugh Whitham Obituary

June 22, 2011

in News,Obituaries

BETHEL — Funeral services for Hugh Derwood Whitham, 88, who died June 17, 2011 at the Menig Extended Care Facility at Gifford Hospital in Randolph, were held June 22 at the United Church of South Royalton. Pastor Sam Newton, officiated. Bur-ial followed in the River View Cemetery in South Royalton with Masonic services and full military honors.
He was born June 14, 1923 in White River Junction, the son of Arthur Hugh and Adeline I. (Persons) Whitham.
He graduated from South Royalton High School, Class of 1941. Hugh was accepted at the University of Vermont and attended for a half-year before entering the service during World War II. He would make a career in the United States Air Force Reserves for 23 years, retiring as a major.
After the service, he returned to Vermont and worked as the manager of the Thomas Store in Randolph, for the next 16 years. Following the death of his father, he took over the family business. Hugh owned and operated the Tarbell and Whiham Insurance Agency in South Royalton for over 26 years.
Hugh was married to Janet Prior. Later, he married Virginia Benson. Virginia died in 1992. On October 2, 2011, Hugh mar-ried Barbara B. McDevitt. They lived in Bethel and wintered in Florida.
Hugh was past president of the heartland Lions Club of South Royalton and was a member of the Masonic Lodge for over 50 years, first in Randolph and later in Brookfield. He liked snow skiing, water skiing, boating and cribbage and “Happy Hour” with his wife and their Florida friends.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara, who now lives in Rut-land; a son, H. Scott Whitham of Colchester; two daughters, San-dra J. Therrien of Berwick, Maine, and Susan M. Hill of Brookfield; three stepdaughters, Sheryl J. Schenker of Barnard, Kathy A. Tortolano of Key West, Fla. and Kelly L. Brown of Bethel; many grandchildren; sev-eral great-grandchildren; a brother, Richard S. Whitham of Chester; two sisters, Dorothy A. Lovering of South Burlington and Marilyn W. Hall of Fairlee; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his first two wives, and a brother, Robert Whitham.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
The Broadway and Cilley Fu-neral Home in Chelsea handled arrangements.
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