Francis E. Rowell

Vershire, Vt. — Francis E. Rowell, 77, died on Sunday, July 7, 2013, at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.

He was born Dec. 11, 1935, in Montpelier, Vt., the son of Francis C. and Eleanor (Dickerson) Rowell. He attended school in Vershire. On May 18, 1954, he married Lois L. McKee of Orford, N.H. For many years he was a self employed building contractor in the Vershire area. He and Lois owned and ran Brookbend General Store in Vershire in years past. In his younger years he also enjoyed deer hunting, working on cars and racing at the Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vt.

He is survived by a son, William Rowell, of Bradford, Vt.; two daughters, Louise Tetreault, of Orange, N.H. and Sally Pushee of Haverhill, N.H.; five grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; one great, great, granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Lois Rowell in May 1996; a brother, Floyd Rowell; a sister, Harriet Thurston; and a nephew, Evan Rowell.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, July 11 at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home, 300 VT RT 110, Chelsea, Vt. A graveside service will be held on Friday, July 12 at 1 p.m. at the Village Cemetery in Vershire with Rev. Paul Ciampaglia officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made in his memorial to Oxbow Senior Independence Program, P.O. Box 25, Newbury, VT 05051.