September 21, 2019


Henry Allen House, of South Burlington, age 93, died June 9, 2015, in the Vermont Respite House in Williston, from complications following a stroke suffered at Christmastime. Henry was born on July 15, 1921, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Edythe Mae (Baldwin) House and Henry Hazel House. He was the eldest of six children. He was predeceased by both parents and by his three brothers, William House, Leslie House, and Arthur House. He was raised in Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., and graduated from Port Jefferson High School where he was a member of the cross-country, track and football teams, and class president in his junior and senior years. Entering the U.S. Marine Corps soon after Pearl Harbor at the start of World War II, Henry rose to the rank of Technical Sergeant. While in the service, he married his high school sweetheart, Edith Ferguson, a marriage that lasted for 72 years. He served in the Battle of Iwo Jima and in the occupation of Japan, receiving a commendation for maintaining crucial records during the heat of battle on Iwo Jima. After the war, he became the first in his family to receive a college education, graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1951 as a Chemical Engineer. In his first professional position, he worked as a process engineer for DuPont in Fairfield, Conn., and later in Newburgh, N.Y. In 1967, he took a position with IBM in Essex Junction, Vt., retiring as a Senior Engineer in 1992, after 25 years of service. Not yet ready to retire completely, he spent the next 10 years in telephone sales at Gardener’s Supply Company in Burlington. Soon after coming to Vermont, he built a home on Old Stage Road in Williston where he dedicated many hours to maintaining a large vegetable garden, landscaping, and making major home improvements. For many years, he was an avid runner, competing in countless road races and eight marathons, including the Boston Marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon, and the Island Marathon in Vermont. Recently, he and Edith moved to the Harborview retirement community in South Burlington. He is survived by his wife, Edith Ferguson House; four children, Donald Henry and wife, Lynette Jackson House, of Seneca, S.C., Judith Anne Garis of Gainesville, Fla., Douglas Fullerton House and partner, Leslie Stuart, of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Eric William House, of Maui, Hawaii; four grandchildren, Ian and wife, Gina House, of Londonderry, N.H., Felice House and husband, Dana Younger, of Austin, Texas, Keegan House of Maui, Hawaii, and Ariel Garis of Gainesville, Fla.; and four great-grandchildren, Timothy House and Benjamin House of Londonderry, N.H., Sierra House of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Khaliq Cooper of Gainesville, Fla.; two sisters, Jean Bubnis of East Setauket, N.Y., and Marjorie Nugent of Riverhead, N.Y. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of the University of Vermont Medical Center, who cared for him in the weeks following his stroke; to the Burlington Health and Rehabilitation Center, where expert physical, occupational and speech therapists helped him to make remarkable progress in recovering function; and to the caring staff of the Vermont Respite House, who provided a warm and loving environment to aid him in his passage from this world. Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service at the Federated Church in Williston, Saturday, June 20, 2015, at 3 p.m. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Vermont Respite House or to the Williston Federated Church.

A graveside service for longtime Williston resident Lloyd “Duke” Shepard, who passed away on May 15, 2015, in the UVM Medical Center, will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Maplewood Cemetery, Main Road, Huntington. Arrangements are in the care of Gifford Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 22 Depot St., Richmond.

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