CHESTER, Vt. – John Leon Spaulding, “Gramp,” 83, passed away Wednesday morning, Feb. 6, 2019 at the Gill Odd Fellows Home in Ludlow, Vt. He was born Aug. 5, 1935 in Rockingham, Vt., the son of Edward William Sr. and Lulu Ellen (Witham) Spaulding. He attended Chester schools, graduating from Chester High School class of 1957.
He served in the United States Army from 1957 to 1963 with the 850 Signal Company.
He was employed with Guy Earl Masonry, William Orcutt Lumber, Valley Oil Company, Steven & Thompson Paper Company, McKenzie Construction Co., Mackey & Sons Auto Body, owned and operated a rubbish route and wrecker service in Chester, and retired from Readex – NewsBank in Chester after 38 years of service.
He was a member of the Chester Congregational Church, a 63-year member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge 33 in Saxtons River, Vt. He was an officer for the Green Mountain Union High School and Chester High School Alumni Association; a member of the Chester and Andover Historical Society; and a life member and Chaplin of American Legion Post #67 in Chester, Vt.
He enjoyed polka and country music.
He is survived by one brother Ted Spaulding and his wife Nonie of Chester, nephew Paul Spaulding of Rochester, N.Y., niece Barb Spaulding of Hinesburg, Vt., and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vt. Reverend William R. Stockhaus will officiate.
Friends may call for one hour prior to the funeral service from noon to 1 p.m.
Burial with Military Honors will be held in the Pleasant View Cemetery in Chester, Vt. at a later date.
Contributions may be made in his memory to the Gill Odd Fellows Home, 8 Gill Terrace, Ludlow, VT 05149 or to the Chester Congregational Church, 469 Main St. Chester, VT 05143.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vt.