SOUTH ROYALTON — A celebration of life will be celebrated at a later date for John E. “Bud” Ferris, Sr., 79, who died April 16, 2012 at his home in South Royalton after a long illness. There will be no public calling hours.
He was born Aug. 23, 1932, in Granville, the son of John M. and Hattie M. (Durkee) Ferris.
He attended school in Randolph and Sharon before joining the U.S. Army where he served in Germany during the Korean Conflict.
On June 10, 1953, he married Gladys Williams of Randolph in Sharon. They lived all their married life in South Royalton.
Bud worked at Colonial Sand and Gravel in Sharon, which later became Twin State Sand and Gravel for almost 40 years, before retiring in 1993 to ill health.
He was a member of the Hartford Elks Lodge 1541 B.P.O. E. and V.F.W. Post 2571 in White River Jct. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and teaching his boys to be mechanics. He was a great handyman who liked to have a good time. He was also a quiet man who enjoyed spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Gladys Ferris of South Royalton; a daughter, Janis Lucas and her husband, Russell of Canaan, N.H.; a son, John E. “Bud” Ferris, Jr. and his wife, Sheila; a son, Joel Ferris; and a daughter, Judith Blossom, all of South Royalton; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Mason Ferris and Alfred “Jack” Ferris, both of Sharon; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by a sister, Annie Nutting.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: Bayada Hospice, P.O. Box 1590, Norwich, 05055.
The Boardway and Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea are in charge of arrangements.
This obituary first appeared in the April 26, 2012 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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