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IRVING H. COBURN

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MILTON — Irving H. Coburn, 79 of Milton passed away peacefully on Friday, March 28, 2014 in the Franklin County Rehab Center in St. Albans.

Irving was born Nov. 1, 1934 in Chelsea, Vt., the son of the late Ralph and Anna Sweet Coburn. As a young man he moved to California where he attracted the eyes of his future wife at the local roller skating rink, where he was a competitive roller dance skater. On April 29, 1961 he married Vonna Raye Lewis in Fresno, Calif. He returned to Vermont with his family in 1967 after having graduated from Moody Bible Institute.  From 1977 to 1987 Irving and his very close friend and business associate, Arlen Bloodworth, owned and operated Rollerville Rollerskating Rink in Rutland. In 1988 Irving and his family moved to their present home in Milton.  He worked at the University of Vermont in the Patrick Gym for approx. 10 years beginning in the mid-80’s.

Irving loved watching competitive roller and ice skating, especially dance, and was a dedicated fan of the Brooklyn/LA Dodgers and LA Lakers.  He enjoyed both reading and writing, especially autobiographical stories based on personal and family history.

Irving is survived by his wife, Vonna of Milton and their children; Patrick and his wife, Kathy of Swanton, Lance of Henderson, Nev., and Vince and his wife, Courtney, of Plano, Texas.  His daughter in law, Cindy Coburn of Henderson, Nev., and his grandchildren; Hannah, Grace, Jordan and Jackie Coburn and step grandchildren, Hayley and Lindsey Hollands, and Amanda Brewer. His siblings; Muriel Laliberte of South Hero, Lois Thompson of New York, Pat Widli of Rutland, Phyllis Blanchard of Conn., Greta Griffin of Tennessee. Brothers in law; Ramon Gomez of Grand Isle and Phil Griffin of Tennessee, Several nieces and nephews and his close friend Arlen Bloodworth.  He was predeceased by his sisters; Joyce Gomez and Jean Bayne and his brother, Robert who died during WWII while serving his country.

Visiting Hours will be held on Friday, April 4, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Minor Funeral Home, Route 7 in Milton. At 7 p.m., in lieu of a formal service, those who wish to share memories of Irving will be encouraged to do so.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Franklin County Rehabilitation Center, 110 Fairfax Road, St. Albans, VT  05478.

A special thank you to the staff at both Fletcher Allen Health Care and Franklin County Rehab Center, for the kind and compassionate care given Irving during his time with them.

Online condolences may be made at www.minorfh.com.

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