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Obituary: Richard Boomhower 

Published May 30, 2019 at 5:00 a.m. | Updated June 3, 2019 at 12:11 p.m.

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Richard “Dick” Boomhower, age 90, of St. George Road, Williston, Vt., died on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at Barre Gardens in Barre, Vt. He was born to Marguerite (Paradee) Boomhower and Gordon Boomhower on Borderville Hill, Fairfield, Vt. He worked on the family farm. After high school, he bought a milk route bringing milk from the neighboring farms to the St. Albans Co-op. Richard was awarded purple hearts for his service as a Marine in the Korean War. He was one of the first employees at the IBM facility in Essex and worked there as an engineer until retirement. In 1957, Richard and his wife, Joyce, moved to Underhill, where they raised their sons and became very involved with the lives of many children while embracing every aspect of the community.

Richard contributed to his community by serving on the water board and school boards, working with the Boy Scouts, and counseling soldiers returning home from Vietnam. He faithfully donated blood every chance he could. In 1979, Richard and Joyce moved to Williston so that he could spend more time working in his woodlot and pursuing his love of the outdoors.

Richard was predeceased by his wife, Joyce (Hill) Boomhower; and his siblings Arieta St. Pierre, Patricia Niles, Mable Greene, Gordon (Sunny) Boomhower and Gloria Kane.

He is survived by his sons Dan Boomhower (partner Roberta Tracy), Jeff Boomhower (partner Celeste Plouffe) and Greg Boomhower (wife Michele Boomhower and their partner Ginger McDowell); and grandchildren Rikki Tracy (partner Matthew Stebbins), Aleda Boomhower and Alex Boomhower. Richard is survived by brothers Jack Boomhower (wife Rochelle) and George Boomhower (wife Linda); sister Marguerite (Peggy) Lawyer (husband Teed); uncle Hiram Paradee; sisters-in-law Dawn Boomhower, Carolyn Boomhower, Velma Hill and Nancy Hill; and brother-in-law Robert Hill (wife Jeannette Hill); several cousins; and 40 nieces and nephews, and their families.

Visiting hours will be on June 9, 2019, from 1 to 3 p.m. with a service beginning at 3 p.m. at the Ready Funeral Home Mountain View Chapel, 68 Pinecrest Dr., Essex Junction, VT. A private interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial contribution to the Vermont Land Trust (, 8 Bailey Ave., Montpelier, VT 05602, thanking them for preserving the family farms that Richard loved. Please visit to place online condolences.

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