Wendell “Wink” Freemont Rouse
BRANDON — Wendell “Wink” Freemont Rouse, 54, died Wednesday, March 4, 2009, following a long period of failing health, at his home in Ashuelot, N.H.
He was born in Middlebury on May 18, 1954, the son of Sanford and Theda (Severy) Rouse. He received his early education in local Brandon and Forest Dale schools and attended Otter Valley Union High School.
Following his education, he entered the U. S. Army and served in an armored unit. After his honorable discharge in 1974, he returned to Vermont for a short time. He moved to New Hampshire where he owned and operated Wink Construction for several years. He later moved to the Keene, N.H., area and worked as a machine operator for Markem Corporation for more than 10 years. He also worked and volunteered at the Community Kitchen in Keene for several years.
Due to failing health, he recently was forced to retire from Putney Paper Company, where he was employed as a machine operator. He enjoyed old cars, fishing, hunting and gardening. He was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan. His family says he was an engaging conversationalist and enjoyed making people laugh.
He is survived by his son, Jesse Rouse of Holyoke, Mass.; two daughters, Jamie Allaire and her husband Jon of Littleton, N.H., and Katie Rouse of Alstead, N.H; one brother, William “Billy” Rouse and his wife Judy of Newport, N.C.; three sisters, Charlene Allis and her husband Bruce of Winooski, Cindy O’Brien and her husband Michael of Los Angeles, Calif., and Cim Clark and her husband Greg of Brandon; his parents, Sandy and Theda Rouse of Brandon; seven grandchildren; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousin.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Diane Billings-Rouse, in 1974, and his former wife Sharon Pfening of Littleton, N.H.
A funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. Private burial, with military honors, will take place in Pine Hill Cemetery, at a later date.
There are no public calling hours.
Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made in his memory to the Community Kitchen, P.O. Box 1315, Keene, NH 03431.
Dr. Everett Wayne Harris
CHARLOTTE — Dr. Everett Wayne Harris, 74, of Charlotte died March 3, 2009.
The eldest son of Lucille (Elwood) Harris and Homer Harris, he was born in Morrisville, Sept. 16, 1934, and was raised on his family’s hill farm in Wolcott. He went to one-room schoolhouses for his first eight grades.
After graduating from Peoples Academy of Morrisville, he attended the University of Vermont and received his bachelor of science degree in agricultural education in 1957. After college, he taught at Chelsea High School, Peoples Academy, and Lamoille Union Career Center and farmed and raised Christmas trees.
After 10 years of teaching high school, he studied for his doctorate in vocational-technical education at the University of Illinois. Following five years as an assistant professor at Marshall University in West Virginia, he returned to his alma mater in 1978 as an associate professor in occupational and extension education in the College of Agriculture.
In 2000, he retired from UVM as professor emeritus, community development and applied economics. He then worked for the Vermont Department of Education, Career and Technical Education as interim state consultant in agriculture and natural resources and State FFA (Future Farmers of America) youth organization advisor.
He was very active in the community and received many awards for his service. In 2007, the UVM College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and UVM Extension honored him with the Sinclair Cup for his distinguished service and exemplary leadership. It recognized his career-long contribution to Vermont agriculture and his efforts to reposition Vermont’s agricultural education for the future.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen McKinley Harris; two daughters, Susannah and Elizabeth; sons-in-law Bryan Dicker and Dan Bigman; his brothers, Robert Harris of Wolcott and Dale Harris of Brandon; and three grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his name to the following organizations that support youth: FFA Foundation, c/o Alan Curler, 2900 North St., New Haven, VT 05472; Green Mountain Council/Boy Scouts of America, P.O. Box 557, Waterbury, VT 05676-0557; or UVM College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, c/o Howard Lincoln, Development Officer, 440 Main St., Burlington, VT 05405.