GLOVER, VT - Vinal A DeWitt, 83 of Glover, Vermont, passed away peacefully on October 28,2014 in Glover, Vermont. He was born February 19, 1931 in Medford, Maine, to Arthur and Lyna (McGray) DeWitt. Vinal was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the Armored Division as mechanic on tanks after training at Fort Hood in Texas.
During his lifetime he was self-employed in Bucksport, Maine, owning and running two garages and a wrecker service for the area. In 1969 Vinal came to Vermont to work as a heavy equipment mechanic for SV Rossi on what is now I-91. At the completion of the highway he became mechanic for Calkins Sand & Gravel in Lyndonville, Vermont until his retirement in 1999.
Repairing heavy equipment, building and remodeling, trips to Florida & Maine for vacation were his hobbies; but, farming was his passion. Vinal was a proud member of The American Angus Association. Besides his family in Maine, his main love was the Russell family and his associations with them for 40 years. Especially his ownership in D & R Farms where he and his ex-wife, Patricia Russell, raised Registered Angus Cattle which they showed all over the country for 20 years.
He is survived by his grandchild: Brandi-Jo DeWitt of Bangor, Maine and by his brothers and sisters: Ronald and his wife Joyce Hopkins, Harold Hopkins and his life partner Patricia Jordan, Keith DeWitt, Edwin DeWitt and his wife Ellen, Kathy Hopkins and her daughter Mandy Worden, and Dale DeWitt and his wife Christine all of Maine, by several nieces and nephews and by his ex-wife and friend Patricia Russell of Barton, Vermont. He was predeceased by his son Vinal DeWitt, Jr.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 12 Elm Street, Barton, Vermont with the Rev. Don Vincent officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday, November 6, 2014 from 1:00 P.M. until the hour of the funeral. Interment will take place at Cedar Valley Cemetery, Charleston, Maine at 1:00 P.M. on November 10, 2014. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Activities Fund at Union House Nursing Home, 3086 Glover Street, Glover, Vermont 05839. On-Line condolences can be made at curtis-britch.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, locally family owned and operated.