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Russell Wellington Francis Woodard

Piermont, N.H. — Russell Wellington Francis Woodard, 82, died unexpectedly at his home on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012.

He was born in West Stewartstown, N.H., on Jan. 11, 1930, a son of Margin and Myrtle (Giroux) Woodard. He was a graduate of Colebrook Academy, Class of 1948. He was married to Suzanne Landry on April 10, 1950.

Following graduation, he began working in Colebrook and then transferred to Bradford, Vt., as a lab technician for Whiting Milk, then for Dairy Lea, and then for Yankee Milk. He continued on with the company, which then became Agri-Mark Milk Co., for 45 years as a field representative. Russell enjoyed visiting with the farmers and the entire dairy community.

Russell was a communicant of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Bradford. He was a former member and Past Master of Grafton Kane Lodge No. 46 F&AM of North Haverhill, N.H., a former member of Bektash Temple AAONMS of Concord, the Scottish Rite Body, a member of the Mount Cube Masonic Lodge in Orford, N.H., and the Grand Lodge of Masons of New Hampshire, where he was a former District Education Officer. He was also a director of the Grafton County Farm Bureau. For the past 20 years, he volunteered at the Agri-Mark/Cabot booth at the North Haverhill Fair. He was also a former member of the Knights of Columbus in Colebrook.

Russell liked camping, gardening, tending animals, reading, listening to country music and gambling. He was an avid “yard saler” and bottle collector. Most of all, he was a proud husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He was predeceased by two sisters, Katherine and Joyce; and a brother, Darrell.

Survivors include his wife, Suzanne M., of Piermont; four daughters, Ann M. of Unity, Maine, Rosemarie J. of Lebanon, Maine, Frances P. of Laconia, N.H., and Pauline S. and husband, Ken, of Enfield, N.H.; and a son, Michael J., of Manchester, N.H.; six grandchildren, Carrie (and Tony), Tammy (and Steve), Marcia (and Mike), Denise, Sharon, Curtis (and Neilly); three stepgrandchildren, Sarah, Elizabeth and Andrew; a great-granddaughter, Risa; five stepgreat-grandchildren, Tori, Jakob, Eli, Daniel and Noah; a sister, Lillian, of Lynn, Mass.; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A calling hour will be on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., with a funeral service and Masonic service immediately following at 2 p.m., at Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch St., Woodsville, N.H.

Burial will be in the spring in South Lawn Cemetery, Piermont.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of one’s choice or to the Orford Senior Center, Orford, N.H. 03777.

Ricker Funeral Home, Woodsville, N.H., is in charge of arrangements.

For more information, or to offer an online condolence, please visit www.rickerfh.com.