2012-05-03 / Obituaries

Russell John Holt, 81,

Korean War Veteran, Earned Two Bronze Stars

Russell John Holt, 81, died as a result of an accidental fire in his home on Steele Hill Rd in East Roxbury midafternoon on April 19,2012, with family and neighbors saying prayers outside his home. Russell was also fondly known to his friends in his younger years as “Whitey” for his light blond crew cuts, and “Wimpy” for his love of hamburgers.

A native Vermonter, Russell was born 11 Jun 1930 to the late Herman and Rena (Ladd) Holt in their home which was previously located directly across the road from where Russell’s “White House of Washington COUNTY” stood. Russell is survived by his only daughter, Leona Holt Chouinard and husband Raymond, granddaughter, Heather Chouinard, and grandson, JeremyChouinard. He is also survived by two brothers, Richard and Ronald Holt and his two sisters, Gloria Holt Flint Maloney and husband Bob Maloney, and Glentine Holt Jarvis. He is also survived by his aunt and cousin, Doris and Bruce Ladd of Randolph, and two brothers-in-law, William and Nathan DanforthofTunbridge. Although he only had one child and two grandchildren, Russell is also survived and loved by 5 nieces: Julie Holt Goodrich, Rhonda Flint, Rena Flint, Renee Flint, and Nicole Jarvis Tsou. He also had 9 nephews: Brent, Brian, Ned, Norris, & Jody Holt, Rocky Flint, William Danforth, Jr., Toby Danforth, and Ken Danforthas well as 11 great nieces and 7 great nephews.

Russell attended the East Roxbury one-room schoolhouse, where he graduated eighth grade. He grew up on the family farm in East Roxbury cutting wood with his father and tending to the farm animals, Jersey cows being his favorite. Russell purchased his own truck and hauled milk cans from numerous local farmsfrom as far as Plainfield and Marshfield, VT,for the Whiting Milk Company in Northfield.

He married Eleanor Danforth of Tunbridge, VT, in Nov. 1952 and settled in Williston until 1966.In the Army, Russell was assigned to the 180th Infantry, 45th Thunderbird Division. He served as a Combat Medic at Sandbag Castle and later at Christmas Hill during the cease fire. He was decorated with the Korean Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, Combat Medical Badge, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean War Service Medal, and the 2003 Commemorative 50-year bronze medallion.

Upon his return from Korea in 1954, he worked for his father-inlaw, Shorty Danforth driving truck and sugaring. He later made a career driving a dump truck with B.F. Goodrich, Inc.out ofSouth Burlington, managed the original Taft’s Corner Store in Williston, and returned to his love of logging, working for what is now known as The Trijang Buddhist Institute.Although his greatest pleasure was to work and be busy, he loved the outdoors,boating, fishing, snow machining and cooking homemade French Fries and burgers for his family.

Russell John Holt was a very patriotic man and he proudly displayed his flags along with his collection of the Army’s 45th Division Thunderbird memorabilia amongst his collection of 57 chainsaws. He was a lifetime member of the VFW, Post 792, Disabled Veterans, Wounded Warriors, National VFW Children’s Home and numerous other charitable organizations.

A memorial service was held at the Norwich University Chapel, on April 26, 2012 followed by a military honors burial at the Randolph Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made at the People’s United Bank, c/o Heather Chouinard, 292 N Main St, Barre, VT 05641, to be donated to the Veteran’s Place Transitional Housing for Homeless Veterans of Vermont in memory of Russell Holt.

Kingston Funeral Home in Northfield is handling the arrangements.

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