Warren E. PrestonMay 22,2013
Warren E. Preston
RANDOLPH CENTER — Warren E. Preston, 86, died Sunday, May 19, 2013, at Menig Extended Care in Randolph.
He was born May 24, 1926, in Bethel, the son of Ella (McAllister) and Edwin Ansel Preston.
He and his wife bought their first dairy farm, Bold Venture, in 1964 and have farmed there since. He also worked as a foundry molder, carpenter, and farm machinery salesman and repairman.
He was chosen Vermont Outstanding Farmer of the Year, Farm Bureau officer/board member and was an honorary marshal for the town of Randolph’s July Fourth Parade. He was a Boy Scout leader and assistant fire chief of the East Randolph Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of the Mid-State Riding Club and the elementary school board. He also organized local basketball and softball teams and leagues.
He enjoyed checkers, cards and horseshoes.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Idella; six children: Wayne A. Preston, of Alexandria, Va., Susan M. Poulin, Raymond N. Preston, Eugene W. Preston and Kenneth J. Preston, all of Randolph Center, and Edwin A. Preston, of Georges Mills, N.H.; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Arnold Preston, of Chelsea; and two sisters, Bernice Beede, of Washington, Vt., and Ann McCullough, of Randolph. He was predeceased by a brother, Burton Preston, and stepsiblings Mary Arnold, Agnus Booska and Everrett Preston.
A memorial service will be held Monday, May 27, 2013, at 1 p.m. in the Randolph Center Congregational Church, with a reception to follow. There will be a private interment after the church services at the Randolph Center Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Equipment Fund, Gifford Medical Center, P.O. Box 2000, Randolph, VT 05060, to purchase a specialized hospital bed for the senior living community nursing facility in Randolph Center.
Arrangements are by the Day Funeral Home of Randolph. Online condolences may be left at www.dayfunerals.com.
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