John B. Durfee

March 29, 1924 - February 8, 2018

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Obituaries » John B. Durfee

JOHN B. DURFEE, 93, longtime owner of Bethel Mills, died at his home on Feb. 8, 2018. John was born in Putnam, CT, on March 29, 1924, to Raymond Earl Durfee and Gladys Richmond Bard Durfee. John graduated from Whitcomb High School in Bethel in 1942. His undergraduate studies at the University of Vermont were interrupted by WWII when he was drafted into the United States Army. When the war ended, John went back to UVM where he graduated with a mechanical engineering degree in 1947. John returned to Bethel and started his lifelong career at Bethel Mills. John married Clover Breiling in 1952 and they were married for 38 years. In his spare time, John enjoyed traveling, deer hunting, bird hunting, fishing, tennis, poker, time at the Lakota and Woodstock clubs, trips to Fenway Park (legendary) and in the 1960s, his bowling team, the Grain Dusters. John will be remembered for his sense of humor, quick thinking, always having something interesting to say and someone that you could always count on. John is survived by his four children, Bobbie Durfee, of Pittsfield, VT, Eric Durfee and wife Helen, of Incline Village, NV, Tamara Durfee, of Burlington, VT, Lang Durfee and wife Lorraine, of Bethel, VT; his seven grandchildren; his five great-grandchildren, and his dear friend and companion, Deborah Phillips, of Woodstock, VT.

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