MELVIN VAUGHN ABELL

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ST. ALBANS — Melvin Vaughn Abell, 87, a lifelong resident of this area passed away Thursday evening, May 21, 2015, at Redstone Villa, with his loving family at his side.

Born on Aug. 7, 1927, in St. Albans, he was the son of the late Melvin F. and Minnie (Dickinson) Abell. On July 5, 1952, at the United Church in Fairfax, Melvin married June Ovitt, who preceded him in death on Feb. 5, 2008.

Melvin was a longtime employee at the Central Vermont Railroad, retiring from the Accounting Department. He was a member of the Transportation Communication Union; a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church for over 50 years and for many years played in several area bands which included the “3 Hits and A Miss”, “Dairy Center Dukes” and the “Citizens Band”.

His favorite moments include enjoying their camper on Maquam Shore, a trip to Florida, family gatherings and watching the Red Sox and New England Patriots.

Survivors include his three daughters, Kerry Beaulieu and her husband, Robert, of St. Albans, Debbie Titcomb and her husband, Fred, of Keene, N.H., and Cathy LaBounty and her husband, Kevin, of Fairfield; his grandchildren, Randy Ashline, Leisa Ashline, Andrew Buswell and his wife, Lisa, Amanda McMahon, Eric LaBounty and Brandi LaBounty, as well as his great grandchildren, Drew, Cora and Ava Buswell and Aubriana McMahon. Melvin is also survived by several step-grandchildren and their families.

In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Madeline Abell, Charlene Keseberg, Elwyn Abell and Estelie McWilliams.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, May 28, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 So Main St., St. Albans.

A funeral service will then be held in the Heald Chapel at 1 p.m., with interment following in the family lot in Greenwood Cemetery.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Vermont Lung Association, 327 Hurricane Lane – Suite 101, Williston, VT 05495 or American Diabetes Association, New England Chapter, 10 Speen St – 2nd Floor, Framingham, MA 01701. Messages of condolence to Melvin’s family are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.