SHELDON — James Murray Vest, age 61, passed away Sunday, March 16, 2014 at the Vermont Respite House in Williston.

James was born May 14, 1952 in Red Oak, Iowa the son of Harold P. Vest and the late Gloria (Murray) Vest. Jim grew up in Iowa where he graduated from Red Oak High School in 1970. He attended Northwest Missouri State College and University of Vermont. He moved to Vermont in 1971 and worked at Energizer in St. Albans for 41 years retiring in 2013. He also worked for U.S. Security at the Northwestern Medical Center for 4 years. Jim was a former member of the Elks Lodge #1566 of St. Albans and the Sons of the American Legion Post # 1 of St. Albans. Jim enjoyed and excelled in golf and qualified in 1972 for the Vermont State Amateur Tournament. In the past few years Jim was content to be at home spending time with Linda.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Donna Vest of Sheldon, Jim and Linda have been together the past 15 years and were married on July 1, 2013. He is also survived by his son, Colin Vest of Durham, N.C.; his father, Harold Vest of Franklin; his brother and his wife, Jon and Rhonda Vest of Omaha, Neb.; his sister and her husband, Mary and Larry Larivee of Berkshire; his uncle and aunt, Jerry and Margaret Murray of Council Bluffs, Iowa; several nieces and nephews; his step daughter, Shauna Tomlinson her husband, Alan and their children, Lydia and Haley of Sheldon; his mother-in-law, Janet Donna of Sheldon; his sisters-in-law and their husbands, Teri Donna and Carlo Corbeil of Sheldon, Donna and Rick Tatro of Swanton, Sandra and Neil Wiener of Georgia, Pam and Steve Conger of Sheldon. He was predeceased by his mother, Gloria Vest; his father-in-law, Arthur “Cy” Donna; and his sister-in-law, Brenda Lee Donna.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Enosburg Falls United Methodist Church, 245 Church Street, Enosburg Falls with Pastor Jon Bly officiating. Interment will be held later this spring in St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Sheldon. There will be no visiting hours.

For those who wish, contributions in Jim’s memory may be made to the Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, VT 05495.

Condolences may be sent to Jim’s family on-line through