June 28, 1938 - April 18, 2014

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Obituaries » HARLAN H. EDWARDS

EDWARDS, HARLAN H., 75, of Plainfield, passed away April 18, at Central Vermont Medical Center. Born on June 28, 1938, in Northfield, he was the son of Hugh and Helena (Davidson) Edwards. He attended Putnamville Elementary School and Montpelier High School until 1957 and received an equivalency diploma while in the Air Force. Harlan served in the United States Air Force from 1957 to 1961. He received electrical training in Illinois and then was stationed in Dover, Delaware. On June 28, 1958, Harlan married Joanne M. Martin in the Grace United Methodist Church in Plainfield and made their home in Plainfield in a house that he constructed with the help of his family. After his discharge from the service, he worked for Seguin Heating Oil in Montpelier. Harlan began reaching his goal of becoming a master plumber by serving his apprenticeship under Franz Kluckner Plumbing and Heating in Waitsfield. Later, he went to work for the former Averill’s in Barre. In 1985, he purchased the plumbing and heating portion of the business and operated Averill’s Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning until 2005, when he retired. Harlan was a member of the Barre Elks Lodge 1535. In earlier years, he was a member of the Central Vermont Square Dance Club, the Plainfield, Marshfield, and Cabot Cribbage Club, and the Plainfield Jaycees. He was a scoutmaster of the Plainfield Boy Scout Troop for several years. Harlan enjoyed playing cards, fishing, camping and traveling with his family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Joanne Edwards of Plainfield; two sons, Gary Edwards and wife, Lucile Yu, of San Jose, Calif., and Richard Edwards and wife, Ina, of West Suffield, Conn.; a daughter, Sherry Goulette and husband, Gary, of Plainfield; four grandchildren; a brother, Donald Edwards and wife, Elaine, of East Montpelier; a sister, Ivonne Peters of Riverside, Calif.; a brother-in-law, Franklin Cutler of Wolcott; a brother-in-law, Stanley Martin and wife, Joanne, of Plainfield; a sister-in-law, Joyce Grant and husband, Robert, of Plainfield; a brother-in-law, Steve Martin and wife, Jane, of Statesville, S.C.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Harrison and Arnold Edwards, and a sister, Yolunda Cutler.

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