SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Donald Joseph Breslend, 92, passed away Monday, July 23, 2018 at the Springfield Health & Rehab. Center in Springfield, Vt., surrounded by his family. He was born Jan. 21, 1926 in North Walpole, N.H., the son of Harry and Bridget (Gallager) Breslend. He graduated from Bellows Falls High School and served in the United States Army during World War II, serving in the Battle of the Bulge in the 35 Infantry. He was awarded a Purple Heart and a Medal of Honor from the French Foreign Legion.
On Feb. 19, 1955, he married Stacia Balous in Springfield, Vt.
He was employed as a supervisor with the United States Postal Service at the Springfield, Vt. Post Office. Prior to the Springfield Post Office, he worked for the railway mail for the Postal Service.
He was a member of the Robert L. Johnson VFW Post 771 and a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Springfield Lodge #679 in Springfield, Vt. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years Stacia, one son Michael Breslend and his wife Karen all of Springfield, two grandchildren Brian and Kelsi, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, and two brothers John Breslend and William Breslend.
A graveside service will be held 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at the Oakland Cemetery in Springfield, Vt. Reverend Gerry Piper will officiate.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vt.