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Kenneth Ward Guptil


Kenneth Ward Guptil, 83, of Guptil Road, Waterbury Center, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his family at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin on Friday, June 19, 2009. Born in Waterbury Center on December 6, 1925, he was the son of the late Kenneth D. and Bertha (Ward) Guptil. Ken was previously married to the former Barbara Gibbs.

Ken was a 1944 graduate of Waterbury High School and then continued to work on the family farm. In the early 1960s he went to work for Rock of Ages in the quarries for several years. Ken was later employed by the state of Vermont, first in the highway department and then at the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury where he worked in housekeeping. He was also employed by the Mount Mansfield Co. operating a ski lift in the winter and was a part-time bartender at the Waterbury American Legion. He retired in 1991.

In his leisure time he enjoyed watching sports of all kinds, especially tennis; was a member of the "251 Club"; enjoyed candlepin bowling; and as a younger man, he was an avid hiker, having walked most of the Long Trail in Vermont.

Ken is survived by his children, Stephen L. Guptil and his wife Pam of Waterbury Center and Mark T. Guptil and his partner Arnold Domina of Montpelier; his two grandsons, Christopher Couture of W. Bolton and Kyle Guptil of Waterbury Center; and his former wife, Barbara Brackett of Waterbury Center. A son, Randy S. Guptil, predeceased Ken.

Memorial services were held from the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 24, at 8 p.m. Inurnment will be private in Waterbury Center Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts would be appreciated to the Waterbury Backcountry Rescue Team, P.O. Box 95, Waterbury Center, VT 05677, or to the Waterbury Firefighters Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 9, Waterbury, VT 05676. To send online condolences please visit


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