WATERBURY CENTER — Memorial services for Galen Earl Mudgett, Sr., 90, who died while picking blueberries in Elmore on July 25, were held July 30 at the Green Mountain Community Alliance Church in Duxbury. Inurnment took place in Pine Hill Cemetery in Sharon.
He was born in Randolph on Oct. 24, 1922, the son of the late Mark and Ursula (Huntoon) Mudgett.
On Sept. 18, 1942 he married the former Hazel Bicknell in Tunbridge. Hazel passed away on Dec. 9, 1994. Galen met Martha Pearl and they were married on May 11, 1996 in Waterubry.
Galen was a 1940 graduate of South Royalton High School and then continued his education at the Vermont School of Agriculture in Randolph, graduating in 1941. For the next 35 years Galen practiced the vocation that he loved, owning and operating his dairy farm in Sharon. Following, Galen was employed by Central Vermont Railroad as a yard manager and then retired in 1992 from Green Mountain Container Co. where he designed boxes for a variety of applications. He has made his home in Waterbury Center since.
Galen served the community of Sharon as a school director for nine years, a selectman for nine years, moderator for Town Meeting for 11 years as well as fence viewer, Justice of the Peace and was the last State Representative for the Town of Sharon in1965. In addition to his civic service, Galen was a member and past master of the Sharon Lodge #105 F&AM, the Forest-Unity Chapter #82 OES, the Windsor County Farm Bureau, Eastern States Farmers Exchange and Agway. His other memberships included the White River Grange, the Sharon Congregational Church and while living in Waterbury Center, he attended the Waterbury Congregational Church and most recently, the Green Mountain Community Alliance Church in Duxbury.
In his leisure time he enjoyed gardening, camping with his camper especially with his friends in the Good Sam’s Club, furniture restoration and re-canting. In earlier years, he enjoyed playing trumpet with the Town bands in Randolph and South Royalton.
Galen is survived by his wife, Martha Pearl Mudgett of Waterbury Center; his children, Galen E. Mudgett Jr. and his friend, James Sheehan of Sharon, Sandra Whitney and her husband Merrill of Chelsea, Ruth Roy and her husband Dr. David Roy of Hyde Park, Lois Hayworth of Scarborough, Maine and Lola Noyes and her husband Dan of Waterubury Center; 13 grandchildren, Mark Whitney and his wife Jessica, Rebecca Roy, Christopher Noyes and his wife Rebecca, Sonya Roberge and her husband Tim, Erin Longchamp and her husband Chris, Andrew Roy, Emily Hayworth and her fiancé Robert Dombrowski, Matthew Roy, Steven Hayworth, Katelyn Liptack and her husband Daniel, Alyssa Pearl, Nicole Pearl and Christine Pearl; six great-grandchildren, Shawn Bartney-Whitney, Matthew Whitney, John Roberge, James Roberge, Kassidy Noyes and Zoe Longchamp a sister, Glendine Piper of Sharon; a brother, Merl Mudgett and hiw wife Phyllis of Bell, Fla.; as well as nieces, nephews and extended family.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Jack and Solan Mudgett; a sister, Lucille Penrod; and a son-in-law, Steven Hayworth.
The family requests that flowers be omitted; rather memorial gifts would be appreciated to the Green Mountain Community Alliance Church Steeple Fund, 4987 Vermont Route 100, Waterbury, 05676-9544.
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This obituary first appeared in the August 1, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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