Donald W. Ovaitte GRANITEVILLE – Donald W. Ovaitte, 73, of Dodge Avenue, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, at his home. Born on Jan. 31, 1945, in Brooklyn, New York, he was the son of John and Gladys (Iverson) Ovaitte. He attended local schools and after graduating from high school, was a graduate of Lyndon State College. On July 2, 1966, Don married Marion Okuszki in Bayshore, Long Island, New York. They first made their home in Bayshore before moving to Northfield, Vermont, in 1976, where they lived for seven years. In 1984, they moved to Barton. They were later divorced. In 2005, Don moved to his present home in Graniteville. He attended the Vermont State Police Academy in Pittsford and after graduating, became a police officer in Orleans County. Don had been a member of the Vermont Army National Guard where he achieved the rank of Sergeant. He went on to work for the Vermont Office of Child Support for many years. After retiring, he drove school bus. A very spiritual man, he attended the Faith Community Church in Barre where he enjoyed singing when he could, loved his Bible and loved reading spiritual literature. Don was interested in planes, especially the F-14 Falcons, and collecting model planes. He also loved guns, watching police shows, and motorcycles of which he had owned quite a few in his lifetime. Don was always available to help anyone in need. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his daughter and granddaughter. He is survived by his daughter, Michelle Yvonne Ovaitte; his granddaughter, Emily Michelle Ovaitte; his former wife, Marion Okuszki; his sisters Gladys Cairo and Yvonne Mueller; and many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Don was predeceased by his grandson, Christian, and brothers John Ovaitte and Arthur Ovaitte. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre. Family and friends may call from 5 p.m. until the time of the service.

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