SOUTH ROYALTON — A private graveside service will be held later this spring in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Hartford for Walter G. Parmenter, 95, who died Feb. 27 at his home in South Royalton. There will be no public calling hours.
He was born on March 24, 1917 in Marlborough, Mass., the son of Clarence E. and Ethel (Tripp) Parmenter.
He attended school in Hudson, Mass. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corp. and was sent to work in West Burke for four years. While at West Burke he did logging for people in the area. In 1940, he moved to White River Jct. where he was a chef at Teddy’s Hotel and Grill. On July 23, 1942, he married Catherine Gravell of White River Jct.
He served two years in the U.S. Army during World War II and upon his discharge worked eight years at the Round House for the Central Vermont Railroad. He worked from 1955 to 1966 at the Vermont Poultry Outlet and Eastern States Grain Company, both of South Royalton. He drove truck for four years for the Cross Company before working at the P&C Foods Warehouse in White River Jct. and retired in 1979.
He was a member of the American Legion Post #26 and V.F.W. Post #2571 both of White River Jct.
He enjoyed gardening and working with plants.
Walter is survived by his wife, Mary Parmenter of South Royalton; three sons, Alan McCoy and Jim Parmenter of Wilder and Lawrence Parmenter of South Royalton; two daughters, Phyllis Messner of Maryville, Tenn., and Judith Ford of Alpharetta, Ga.; 25 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; nine great, great grandchildren; a brother, Melvin Parmenter of Marlborough, Mass.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Catherine Parmenter; three sons, Robert McCoy, Ken McCoy and Walter Parmenter, Jr.; a daughter, Joyce Voghell; three grandchildren, Joshua Parmenter, Vicki Backus and Dale Messner; a brother, Chester Parmenter; and two sisters, Edna Bailey and Arlene Roth.
Memorial contributions may be made to the South Royalton Rescue Squad, PO Box 204, South Royalton, 05068.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Boardway and Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea.
Messages of sympathy for the family can be shared at www.boardwayandcilley.com
This obituary first appeared in the March 7, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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