Peter B. Millett
Peter B. Millett
RUTLAND TOWN — Peter Barnes Millett, 76, of Rutland Town, died suddenly Monday, October 22, 2012, at his home.
He was born December 11, 1935, in Cranford, N.J., the son of John J. and Marion P. (Mitchell) Millett.
He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1959 and from the University of Michigan in 1962, with degrees in agriculture and forestry.
Mr. Millett served in the U.S. Army and was head surveyor and engineer in Camp Tudo in Greenland, during the Vietnam War.
He worked for 27 years as a professional forester at Central Vermont Public Service, and retired in 1994.
Mr. Millett attended the Messiah Lutheran Church, the Church of the Wildwood in Chittenden and the Welsh Presbyterian Church in Poultney, where Pete conducted the worship service and preached on October 21, 2012.
He was a member of the American Legion Post #31 in Rutland and the Loyal Order of the Moose-Rutland Lodge #1122.
Mr. Millett played trombone in the Rutland City Band and the Green Mountain College Concert Band, and sang tenor in the Curbstone Chorus.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ellen (Walda) Millett of Rutland Town, whom he married November 26, 1965, in Colorado Springs, Colo.; two daughters, Jane Schaefer and husband Garry of Clackamas, Ore., and Laura Marion Millett of Singapore; two grandsons, Andrew and Justin Church; two sisters, Susan M. Millett of California and Sally Jean Millett of Springfield, Vt.; two brothers, Thomas J. Millett of North Dakota and George B. Millett of Charlestown, N.H.; several nieces and nephews; and a pet dog, Timex.
Pete especially loved his family, his Christianity and his music, both vocal and playing trombone.
The funeral service will be held Friday, October 26, 2012, at 10 a.m. in the Messiah Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Paul Wagner, pastor, officiating.
Burial will be in the Sutton Village Cemetery at 3 p.m. following the church service on Friday.
There will be no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Rutland City Band, 129 Cannon Drive, Rutland, VT 05701; Messiah Lutheran Church, 42 Woodstock Ave., Rutland, VT 05701; Church of the Wildwood, PO Box 37, Chittenden, VT 05737; or the Welsh Presbyterian Church, Grove Street, Poultney, VT 05764.
Tossing Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.