Alfred A. Dunklee, a longtime owner and operator of Vern-Mont Farm, LLC, a thriving dairy farm in Vernon, VT, died Tuesday, October 11, 2016 in Greenfield, Massachusetts at the age of 87 years. A lifelong resident of Vernon, VT; Alfred was married to his wife, Martha Whitney, on May 31, 1962 in Manchester, MD; they were married for 54 years. (Pictured above, Martha and Alfred.)
He was born on August 4, 1929 in Northfield, Massachusetts, the son of Warren and Mildred (Lackey) Dunklee. He graduated from Brattleboro High School in 1947. Alfred also attended Vermont State Agricultural School later known as Vermont Technical College and graduated in 1946. He then joined his father in running the family dairy farm. Over the years he continued to expand its operation and was always striving to be a good steward of the land. In later years, he could often be found touring the farm on a golf cart.
A longtime supporter of the Boston Red Sox, he was ecstatic when they won the World Series in 2004. He said that he didn’t know if he would live long enough to see the Sox win a world Series in his life time. He had a passion for owning John Deere tractors and farm equipment. Alfred was a people person and enjoyed talking to people in person and frequently on the phone. He took great pride in growing tall, green corn and was often a winner of the National Corn Growers Yield contest for the state of Vermont.
Alfred served on the board of directors of Yankee Farm Credit Bank or one of its predecessors for 33 years. He was chairman of the bank board for 17 years. He served his community as a town lister in the early 1970s. He was active in numerous agriculture organizations: Holstein Association USA, National DHIA, New England Milk Promotion Board and Vermont Farm Bureau.
Besides his wife, Martha, he is survived by his son, Jeffrey and his wife Kelli of Vernon, VT and granddaughter Whitney, his sister Martha (Dunklee) LaMoria of Newfane, VT, and his many nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his dog, Maggie. Alfred was predeceased in death by his mother and father and two sisters, Ruth (Dunklee) Johnson and Alma (Dunklee) Mankowsky.
Friends and family may call on Sunday, October 23, 2016 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Avenue, Northfield, MA. Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 24, 2016 at 10:00 am at Vernon Advent Christian Church, 4554 Fort Bridgman Road, Vernon, VT with Reverend Bruce C. Burks officiating. Burial will follow at South Vernon Cemetery.
A celebration of his life will be held after the burial at the farm. Food and refreshments provided.
Memorial donations can be made to Alzheimer’s Association at Alz.org or Alzheimer’s Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090. Those wishing to sign the guest book may do so online at www.kidderfuneralhome.com.