Milton / Richford – Richard J. Archambault, 86, died peacefully with his family by his side on Wednesday morning, Sept. 26, 2012 at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans.

Richard was born on Nov. 19, 1925 in Richford, the son of Eli and Lucille (Lamell) Archambault.  He graduated from Richford High School and enlisted in the Merchant Marines, serving during WWII.
Upon his return, he married Elaine Lumbra on Sept. 27, 1947 at All Saints Catholic Church in Richford.  He began work at Atlas Plywood then worked for the Sheldon Paper Mill, later called Boise Cascade, retiring in 1988 following 33 years of employment.

Richard enjoyed his family, his grandchildren, fishing, hunting and going to deer camp.  He also loved playing golf and had fond memories of his many rounds at the Richford Country Club, where he was on the board of directors.  He also served on many local government boards, such as town selectman, village trustee, Richford Economic Development Association and was a justice of the peace.

In addition to his wife, Elaine, of Milton, Richard is survived by his children Richard A. Archambault and his wife, Phyllis, of Sheldon Springs; Eli of Bryan, Texas; Bruce and his wife, Mary, of Uxbridge, Mass.; Joanne of Bryan, Texas and David and his wife, Gail, of Milton. He is survived by six grandchildren Nathan, Lacey and her, husband Andrew Luneau; Jason, Danielle, Kyle and Haley.  He is also survived by two sisters, Esther and Theresa (Sister Mary Monica) and two brothers, Bruce and Melbourne, and by many nieces and nephews.

Richard was predeceased by his grandson, Matthew Alex, as well as  by his brothers Jerry, Bernard, James, Lawrence and John and sisters Rita, Etta, Mary, Cecil and Madeline.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richard’s name to the Arrowhead Seniors Groovy Lunch Bunch, c/o Shirley Bunnell, 430 Middle Road, Milton, VT  05468.

A celebration of life mass was held Saturday, Sept. 29 at All Saints Catholic Church in Richford. Burial followed in All Saints Catholic Cemetery.

Arrangements were by the Minor Funeral and Cremation Center in Milton. Online condolences may be made to www.minorfh.com.