Wes died Christmas Eve, 2001, after an illness of several months. A lifelong resident of Barre, Vt., he graduated from Spaulding HS. At Princeton he majored in English and graduated with honors. Wes was in the band and joined Dial Lodge. His roommates were Marshall Howard and Bill Boyce.
He was commissioned on July 29, 1943 (and married his wife, Geraldine, three days later!). Going overseas, he served in the Rhineland and Central European campaigns as battalion adjutant in the 1270th Combat Engineers. Wes was discharged as a first lieutenant in Feb. 1946.
Returning home, he first ran the family business, Averill's Store, in downtown Barre. Wes sold the business in 1960 and joined the National Life Insurance Co. in Montpelier, retiring in 1984 as assistant personnel director.
A lifetime member of the Barre Congregational Church, he served as its superintendent of the Sunday School and deacon. A past president of the Barre Rotary Club, a trustee of both the Aldrich and Barre Public Libraries, Wes was always active in community affairs.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Geraldine Bixby, son Charles III, daughters Ann Broad, Sharon Crafts, and Arlene Averill, and six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The Class of 1941