• Walter J. Ayers
    October 22,2013
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    Walter J. Ayers

    BURLINGTON — Walter J. Ayers, 73, died Oct. 19, 2013, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.

    He was born Dec. 3, 1939, in Granville, N.Y., the son of Walter Laing and Emma Louise Crouch Ayers.

    He grew up on the family farm in Rupert.

    He served with the U.S. Marine Corps, and was honorably discharged in 1959.

    He was a farmer and livestock dealer in West Pawlet and Malone, N.Y., for more than 50 years. He was also a deputy sheriff for 15 years in Bennington County, acting Chief of Police in Winhall, past vice president of the Sheriff’s Association in Bennington County and an auxiliary state trooper in Vermont. He also worked as a logger and drove a tractor-trailer for several milk and slate companies.

    He enjoyed working with cattle and people. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman.

    Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Betty Caroline Anderson of Malone, N.Y.; a son, John Ayers of Phippsburg, Maine; three daughters, Deborah LaVigne of Westville, N.Y., Wendy Slocum of Malone, N.Y., and Jennifer Champagne of St. Albans; three granddaughters; a great-grandson; a brother, Charles Ayers of Middle Granville, N.Y.; a sister, Susan Quiggle of Granville, N.Y.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by three brothers and a sister: William in 1938, Lawrence in 1949, Thomas in 2010, and Dorothy Morrissey, also in 2010.

    Friends may call at the Spaulding Funeral Home in Malone, N.Y., from 3 to 7 p.m. today with a service to follow at 7 p.m.; or the Robert F. King Funeral Home in Granville, N.Y., at 10 a.m. Thursday, with a service to follow at noon. Interment will be in the Mountain View Cemetery in West Pawlet.
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