Alan Clarence Wilson

Newbury, Vt. — Alan Clarence Wilson, 78, of Newbury, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2012, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. After one month-plus of illness, Alan passed on with his wife, Olive, and his two sons, David and Michael, and his daughter-in-law, Karen, surrounding him at his bedside. His passing on was very peaceful.

He was born in Woodsville, N.H., on Jan. 10, 1934, the son of Harvey and Orpha (Bedell) Wilson. He attended schools in Woodsville and was a graduate of Woodsville High School. On March 30, 1985, he was married to Olive Searles Houghton, who survives.

Alan had worked for Armour Meats for 29 years, French & Bean for five years and for McCauley Meats for six years. He had been in the National Guard for more than 20 years.

Al enjoyed spending time with his family. It was the most important part of him; his children and grandchildren. He loved his tractor, whether it be plowing snow or hauling wood. Al’s pastimes included playing cards and cribbage with family and friends (he was a sore loser) and taking care of his home and lawn. He also enjoyed coaching his sons Babe Ruth team.

Al has influenced so many people in his life and his love and presence will be forever missed.

He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 78 of Newbury, Vt.

He is survived by his six children, David, Michael, Traci, Wayne, Crystal and Karen; nine grandchildren, Adam, Jordon, Sam, Jared, Lauren, Nick, Eric, Angie and Daniel; nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Bette Wilson MacDonald, of Woodsville, N.H., and one brother, Neil Wilson, also of Woodsville, N.H.; two sisters-in-law, Donna Winchester, of New Mexico, and Marjorie Gendron of Berlin, Vt.; two brothers-in-law, Robert Searles, of Barre, Vt., and Forrest Searles, of Claremont, N.H., and many nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services will be held in the spring in the family lot in the Town House Cemetery in Newbury, Vt. There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers donations in Alan’s memory may be made to the American Legion Post No. 78 of Newbury, Vt. 05051.

The Hale Funeral Home of Bradford, Vt., is in charge of arrangements.

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