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Robert Merrill Duprey

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PANTON — Robert Merrill Duprey passed away at UVM Medical Center August 26, 2018 in Burlington, Vt., due to an aneurysm at the age of 65.

Robert was born Jan. 6, 1953, in Burlington, Vt., to his parents, Robert Richard Duprey and Verna Mae Patten. After high school he entered the U.S Marine Corps in 1972, attended boot camp at Parris Island, and was stationed at Aberdeen, Md., where he trained in small weapon repair. Robert completed his service in Parris Island. While there he received a pistol and rifle marksmanship medal, and was honorably discharged in 1974.

He married the love of his life and his best friend Sandra Marie Doxter on Nov. 4, 1972. After serving they returned home to Vermont where he enjoyed hunting, trapping, and fishing. Robert retired from Goodrich Aerospace in 2008. He enjoyed his retirement by feeding birds, singing and playing his guitar, playing shuffleboard, bingo, and pool with all of his friends and family at Whispering Pines Campground. In 2015, Robert and Sandra started a new adventure in Tennessee where they met great friends.

Robert’s family, children, and grandchildren were the light of his life. He was extremely proud of his children. He is survived by his son Anthony Duprey, wife Amal C. Neary, and their children Arianna, Emma, Peighton, Rebekah, Elijah, and his student exchange grandson, Albert. He is also survived by his daughter Lynn Marie Kayhart, her husband Christopher Kayhart and their children Reagan and Parker.

He leaves his favorite aunts and uncles William (Bill) and Cheryle Patten and Marilyn and Alroy Aunchman. He is also survived by his brother Richard (Duke) Duprey, sister Delores (Dee) Duprey, sister in laws, cousins and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held Friday Aug. 31, at the Brown McClay Funeral home in Vergennes from 6-8 p.m. A mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday, Sept. 1, at St Peter’s Catholic Church in Vergennes at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Gage cemetery in Ferrisburgh followed by a reception at Victory Baptist Church.

Robert’s family encourages you to celebrate his life by wearing your favorite Hawaiian shirt to the services. In lieu of flowers please send a donation to the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad.◊

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