MILTON – Brian Edward Desranleau, 72, died peacefully, with his loving family by his side, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington.
Brian was born Jan. 11, 1946 in Burlington, the son of Emile and Katherine (Bushey) Desranleau.
He graduated from Milton High School in 1964 and Champlain College in 1966 with an associate degree in business. He married Dale Wimble on April 11, 1970 at St. Ann Catholic Church in Milton.
In 1966, he enlisted in the Vermont Air National Guard, where he retired in 2005 as chief master sergeant, and served as motor vehicle superintendent. He also retired from the Civil Service with the Air Guard in 2001.
Brian enjoyed playing cards and cribbage, he loved flying and his Corvettes and being with his family. He was a perfectionist in both his professional and personal life, especially with motor vehicle maintenance, and in teaching his children and grandchildren through hands on experience his many talents.
He was proud to purchase the family homestead following his father’s death. He took great pride in restoring his childhood home.
Brian is survived by his wife of over 47 years, Dale Desranleau, of Milton; and by his children Heather Crawford and her husband, Patrick “PJ” of Sheldon; Angela Ricci and her husband, Michael, of Poland Springs, Maine; Gerrit Desranleau and his wife, Connie, of Milton and by Erin Hibbard of Milton. He is also survived by his grandchildren, who affectionately knew him as Bumpa: Wyatt, Justin, Kenyon, Kaitlyn, Paige and Gage; and his very special grand-dog, Willow. Brian is also survived by his siblings Sally Lombard Young, John Desranleau and his wife, Annie; James Desranleau and his wife, Jill; Katherine Russell and her partner, Lewis Peltier; Jacqueline Kendrew and her husband, Gary; Daniel Desranleau and his wife, Ellen Partnoy; Brent Desranleau and his partner, Caroline Rabideau; by his sister-in-law, Jean Desranleau, and by several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother Emile Gary and by his brothers-in-law Alton Lombard Sr., Robert Young and Thomas Russell.
Special thanks are extended to Dr. Paul Unger, Amy Fox, Stephanie, Judy and Tammy from Champlain Oncology and Hematology.
Donations in Brian’s memory may be made to St. Ann Catholic Church, P.O. Box 1, Milton, VT 05468 or the American Cancer Society, VT Affiliate, 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495.
Visiting hours were held Sunday, Feb. 4 at Minor Funeral and Cremation Center in Milton with prayers offered by the Rev. John Feltz.
A mass of Christian burial with military honors was held Monday, Feb. 5 at St. Ann Catholic Church in Milton.
Online condolences may be made to www.minorfh.com.