Willard Earle Dezotelle Sr., 88, of Waterville died peacefully on Friday, June 28, 2019, supported by the love and care of his four sons and their families.
He was born in Belvidere July 28, 1930, son of Harold Dezotelle and Muriel Colburn. He grew up in Belvidere, attending schools there and in Waterville.
On Aug. 27, 1948, Willard married Delia Quinty, the great love of his life. Together, they raised their family in Waterville.
Willard began a lifelong career in agriculture early in life, farming, sugaring and logging in the area. He operated the Manchester Farm for 45 years for the Henry Manchester family. Until the day he retired, he could be found milking the Holsteins, tending the fields and pastures, and collecting eggs from the chickens. After Delia died in November 2015, Willard lived with his son Willard Jr. and daughter-in-law Barbara.
Survivors include his four sons and their spouses, Willard “Pete” Dezotelle Jr. and wife Barbara, Dan Dezotelle and wife Janet, Doug Dezotelle and wife Joann, and Randy Dezotelle and wife Cindy; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren (with another due this summer); one step-great-grandchild; a brother, Lyman Dezotelle; a half-sister, Verna Longe; and a half-brother, Harold “Bud” Dezotelle Jr.
His beloved wife, Delia Dezotelle, died earlier, as did a sister, Berle Callahan, and two brothers, Philip Dezotelle and Lloyd Dezotelle
Willard’s family is grateful for the compassionate and gentle in-home support provided by Lamoille Home Health & Hospice to Willard in his final days.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 13, at 1 p.m. at Waterville Union Church, 37 Church St., Waterville. Burial will follow at Belvidere Center Cemetery. After the burial, a reception will be held at the Waterville Union Church fellowship hall, below the chapel. All are welcome to attend.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Willard’s memory would be appreciated to Lamoille Home Health & Hospice, 54 Farr St., Morrisville, VT 05661. Online donations can be made at justgiving.com/lamoillehomehealthagencyinc.