WASHINGTON — Gary R. Villa, 78, of Woodchuck Hollow Road, passed away on Friday, July 5, 2019, at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans. Born May 6, 1941, in Barre, he was the son of Roger John and Arline Lillian (Conley) Villa.
He attended Stratford Hollow Elementary and High School in New Hampshire. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in Berlin, New Hampshire, and served as an Airman First Class in Vietnam before he was honorably discharged at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
On Sept. 15, 1984, he married Susan MacIntyre. Following their wedding, they made their home in Washington. Gary was employed as a newspaper delivery man and when he was not working, he enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family - especially cooking for them.
He loved animals and going to camp. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #792 in Montpelier, as well as a lifetime member of the American Legion Post #10 in Barre. Survivors include his wife, Susan Villa, of Washington; his son, Norman Abdella III, of Orange; his grandchildren Emily J. Capron, Katie B. Abdella and Alekzander J. Abdella; his sister, Lynda Fassett and husband Ray, of Toccoa, Georgia; his brother, Philip Villa and wife Sharon, of Lynnwood, Washington; as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his daughter, Tina Nykiel.
The service to honor and celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, at 11 a.m. in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #792, 1 Pioneer St., Montpelier, VT 05602. There are no calling hours. Later inurnment will be made in Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center at the convenience of his family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans Place, 220 Vine St., Northfield, VT 05663; or to the VA Service Office, White River Junction VA Medical Center, 215 North Main St., White River Junction, VT 05009. The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, assisted the Villa family with the arrangements. For a memorial guestbook, visit www.hookerwhitcomb.com.