William L. Buswell, 1930 – 2017

CAVENDISH, Vt. – William L. Buswell, 87, died Wednesday morning Oct. 18, 2017 at the Gill Odd Fellows Home in Ludlow, Vt. He was born Feb. 16, 1930 in the Rutland Hospital in Rutland, Vt. the Son of Allen and Bessie (Spaulding) Buswell. Buswell graduated from Black River High School in Ludlow with the Class of ‘48. He joined Company B National Guard on June 24, 1948. He also worked for the state of Vermont on the roads. He was activated with the Guard and was deployed to Munich, Germany. He came home from Germany and was honorably discharged on May 9, 1952. He then started his own trucking business working for construction contractors until he sold his equipment and went to work for F.W. Whitcomb operating a hot mix plant and then on to operating construction equipment. He then went to work for General Electric in Ludlow on Dec. 2, 1961 and then Rutland. He retired in 1990 from a production supervisor position in the tool room.

After retirement, he was a member of the Green Mountain Union School Board and he served nine years as a selectman for Cavendish. He was a member of American Legion, Wallace, McNulty, Hoyle Post 4 of Proctorville. He was also a member of the Tyson Congregational Church serving as a deacon and trustee.

On Nov. 23, 1960, he married Nancy Mae Peplau who predeceased him on Dec. 7, 2005. He was also predeceased by brother Robert and sister-in-law Jane. He is survived by three sons: Keith Alan and wife Brenda of Proctorsville, Jonathan William of Proctorsville, and Randall August and wife Marianne of Brandon. He has one grandson Samuel August of Brandon. He is also survived by two brothers: James and wife Nancy of Baldwinsville, N.Y. and Allen and wife Rose of Woodstock, Vt. Two brothers-in-law Arden Peplau and wife Mary, James Peplau and wife Sandy of South Reading, and sister-in-law Janis Bedard and husband George of Hinesburgh. Also many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Tyson Church, with viewing at 10 a.m. and service to follow at 11 a.m. A luncheon will follow at the Tyson Church. Burial will be at a later date at 20 Mile Stream Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to:

  • Tyson Congregational Church care of Treasurer, 529 Dublin Road, Ludlow, VT, 05149
  • Visiting Nurse Alliance and Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire, PO Box 976, White River Jct, VT, 05001
  • Tyson Ladies Aid, 9 Norman Drive, Ludlow, VT, 05149

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

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