Roger W. Denison MILFORD, N.H. — Roger W. Denison, 92, passed peacefully from this life to the next, on April 5, 2019, at Epsom (New Hampshire) Healthcare Center, surrounded by loving family and friends. Roger was born May 3, 1926, in Washington, Vermont, the fifth and youngest son of George and Lulu (Gallant) Denison. He was raised in Washington, and enlisted in the United States Army at the age of 18, serving from 1944 to 1947 in the South Pacific and Japan. Later in life, he was thrilled to take part in Honor Flight New England, an organization which flies World War II veterans to Washington, DC, to visit the World War II monument and Arlington National Cemetery. The Honor Flight trip was one of his most cherished memories. In 1951, he married Gertrude "Trudi" Hungerford, of Randolph Center, Vermont. They first resided in Barre, Vermont, before moving to Windsor, Vermont, where they made their home for many years and raised two daughters Patti Anne and Terri Lynne. Roger was employed as a machinist by Cone Automatic Machine Co. in Windsor, and also by Guimond Farms Dairy, before retiring to help care for his in-laws Stanley and Vivian Hungerford, of Randolph Center. After retirement, he drove a medical courier route, allowing him to engage in two of his favorite pastimes, driving and chatting with the various people on his route. Roger and Trudi moved to Randolph Center in the late-1980s, and enjoyed many years of camaraderie and country living there before relocating to Milford in 2011 to be near their daughters and extended family. Roger was a 20-year member of the Middle Branch Grange in Bethel, Vermont, where he enjoyed many social and charitable activities, especially those involving children and holidays. He was also a member of the Rising Sun Masonic Lodge in South Royalton, Vermont. Roger loved swing music and dancing, a good story, jokes, fishing, whistling, body surfing in the ocean, feeding and watching birds, and gardening. His favorite plants included hostas and dahlias. He was delighted by Chickadees and Tufted Titmice, and had great affection for animals of all kinds, especially the many cats who shared his home over the years. Roger loved to sing, sometimes in a key known only to him. He was an avid player of the spoons. He will be remembered for his gift of gab, his song lyric parodies, his ability to turn a phrase, and for his sense of humor, which his daughters count themselves blessed to have inherited. Roger was predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Trudi Denison, who passed on before him on June 15, 2018; his parents; his four brothers Ernest Denison, Alan Denison, Lawrence Denison and Thayne Denison; his stepmother, Marjorie Denison; and several stepsiblings, aunts, uncles and cousins. Survivors include his daughters and their husbands Patti and John Emerson, of Milford, and Terri and Allen Pattee, of Manchester; five grandchildren and their spouses Jennifer Emerson (Donlin) Foreman, of Harrisville, Bethany Pattee (Scott) Kankelborg, of Seattle, Washington, Ryan Emerson (Kate), of Milford, Daniel Pattee, of Derry, and Sarah Pattee (Derek) Allard, of Salisbury. Roger was blessed with four great-grandsons Ashton and Miles Foreman, and William and Benjamin Emerson. He also leaves behind his stepsister, Phyllis Martin Mann, of Connecticut; and many beloved nieces and nephews, caregivers, friends and neighbors. The family would like to extend their deepest appreciation and thanks to the staff at Epsom Healthcare Center for their loving and supportive care throughout Roger’s stay at his home away from home. For their many kindnesses, we are forever grateful. A graveside service with military honors will be held Monday, May 6, 2019, at 1 p.m. in the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center. Guests are invited to bring tributes of wildflowers, garden blooms or flowering branches. The service will be followed by a reception at the Middle Branch Grange, 78 Store Hill Road, East Bethel. Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home in Randolph. Online condolences may be left at Memorial donations may be made to Epsom Healthcare Center, 901 Suncook Valley Highway S, Epsom, NH 03234; or to Honor Flight New England, P.O. Box 16287, Hooksett, NH 03106.

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