ENOSBURGH CENTER – Arthur G. Ovitt, age 86, passed away Monday morning, Jan. 18, 2016 at The Villa in St. Albans.

He was born July 6, 1929 in West Enosburgh in the family farm house that Arthur was currently living in, the son of the late Craig and Marion (Hoben) Ovitt.

Arthur was a hardworking, lifelong dairy farmer who was a member of the St. Albans Co-Op and had received several milk quality awards during his career, retiring in 2013. He also had a love of working the land with his workhorses.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou (Burleson) Ovitt of West Enosburgh. Arthur and Mary Lou were married Jan. 31, 1951. He is also survived by his children, Gary Ovitt and his partner, Daya Redman, of St. Albans, Alan Ovitt and his wife, Karen, of Lakeland, Fla., Brenda Ovitt of Jeffersonville, and John Ovitt and his wife, Kathy, of Franklin; his grandchildren, Susan Gancarcz and her husband, Scott, Scott Ovitt and his wife, Tracy, Chantel Ovitt and her partner, Dylan Walters, Ryan Ovitt and Nikki Bushey and her husband, Shawn; his great grandchildren, Kayla Ovitt, Madison Ovitt, Ella Gancarcz and Teagan Bushey; his sister-in-law, Ellen Jane Darling and her husband, Ray of Lecanto, Fla.; many nieces, nephews, friends and his feline companion, Ralphy. Besides his parents, Arthur was predeceased by his siblings, Earl Ovitt, Kathryn Combs and Meredith Ovitt.

A graveside service will be private and held in the spring in the Berkshire Center Cemetery. There will be no visiting hours.

For those who wish, contributions in Arthur’s memory may be made to The University of Vermont Cancer Center, Office of Development, The Courtyard at Given – 1 South, 89 Beaumont Ave, Burlington, VT 05405.

Condolences may be sent to Arthur’s family on-line through www.spearsfuneralhome.com.