WHITE RIVER JCT. — A memorial service for Oliver C. Thurston, 80, a longtime resident of White River Jct., who died March 21, 2012, at the Rutland Regional medical Center were held March 26 at the Knight Funeral Home. He was born on Jan. 18, 1932 in Worcester, Mass., the son of Oliver and Florence (Tompson) Thurston.
He attended school in Pomfret, before leaving in 1950 to join the Army and serve his country in the Korean Conflict. 18 months after entering the service Oliver contracted polio at which time he was retired from the military. Upon returning he received training in electric motor repair in South Burlington. On Aug. 3, 1952, he married Marie Pecor in Hartford. Oliver was employed for many years at Springfield Bryant as a machinist.
Oliver loved to play cribbage with friends and also enjoyed playing pool, woodworking, camping, cross-stitch, and most of all spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Marie Thurston of White River Jct.; two sons, James Thurston of Barre and Michael Thurston of White River Jct.; three grand-daughters, Elizabeth, Jacquelyn and Christy; two grandsons, Ryan and James; three sisters, Gleniss Bartlett of Wilder, Phyllis Warner of Woodstock and Beverly Mandigo of New-port, N.H.
Memorial contributions can be made to: Disabled American Veterans, VAMC 215 North Main St., White River Jct. 05001.
The Knight Funeral Home in White River Jct., handled arrangements. Condolences can be expressed at www.knightfuneralhomes.com
This obituary first appeared in the March 29, 2012 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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