Wilbur L. Buchanan, 91


GILMANTON — Wilbur Lawrence Buchanan passed away peacefully at the age of 91 on Friday, May 5, 2017, at the Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia.
He was born on March 18, 1926, in Boston, the son of the late William and Hilma (Nelson) Buchanan.
Wilbur served as a first class signalman in the Navy during World War II.
He worked for 30 years as a lieutenant firefighter for the City of Weymouth, Massachusetts. Wilbur also worked for a number of years in the Maintenance Department for Angelo’s Supermarket in Massachusetts.
He was a master in the Masonic Temple in Weymouth, Massachusetts.
Wilbur and his wife, Phyllis, maintained a vacation home in Gilmanton, and were fond of skiing with their children at the Gunstock Ski Area. They moved from Weymouth to living full time in Gilmanton after retirement.
Wilbur avidly pursued his hobby of operating a ham radio, and often spoke of the conversations he had with ham radio operators from all parts of the world. He also engaged in collecting and repairing antique radios and jukeboxes. Wilbur was well known for his easy conversation and sense of humor. Wilbur was fond of classic country music, especially Hank Williams.
He is survived by his daughter, Denise Buchanan of Gilmanton; his son, Keith Buchanan of Plympton, Massachusetts and his wife, Joanne Machernis Buchanan; their children, Ashley Buchanan and her fiancé, Cody Sousa, of North Kingstown, Rhode Island; and Sean Buchanan and his wife, Molly Boudreau Buchanan of Duxbury, Massachusetts, as well as their two children, Grace Katherine Buchanan and Charles Robert Buchanan. Wilbur was proud of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also loved his grand-dog, Blondie, a golden retriever.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Phyllis (Larson) Buchanan, on March 8, 2017.
There will be no calling hours. A service with military honors will be held on Friday, June 2, at 1 p.m. in the chapel of the State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen.
In lieu of flowers or for those who would like to donate, memorial contributions may be made to the Gilmanton Corner Public Library, P.O. Box 504, Gilmanton, NH 03237; to Compassus Health Care (hospice services), 170 South River Road, Building 2, Bedford, NH 03110, or to Folds of Honor, 5800 North Patriot Drive, Owasso, OK 74055.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, s assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial, please visit


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Daniel C. Howe, 70


SANBORNTON — Daniel C. Howe, 70, of Gaza Corner in Sanbornton died, Thursday, May 11, 2017, at Concord Hospital, after a courageous battle with cancer. His passing was peaceful and he was surrounded by family and a very supportive and skilled Hospice and nursing staff.

He was born in Franklin Hospital, in Franklin, to the late Clayton and Daisy, "Okie" (Carleton) Howe on January 16, 1947.

He was New Hampshire born and raised with the exception of four years in the Navy during the Vietnam Era, when he proudly served his country.

Daniel graduated from Franklin High School, class of 1965, and received an associate's degree in auto mechanics from Lakes Region Community College.

Dan was a member of the Franklin Lodge of Elks, BPOE 1280, VFW Post 1698 in Franklin and the American Legion Post 49 in Northfield.

Dan was an independent spirit who lived life on his own terms. He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed snowmobiling and caring for the Howe Family Farm, maintaining the brush around the fields, pond and the Emerson Brook.

He attended the Stark Country Fiddle Contest for more than 30 consecutive years. Special memories were spent each summer with his lifelong friend Brad Crosby, at Brad's camp in Stark, where he also enjoyed teaching the next generation his outstanding ability to fish.

Dan retired in 2009 from Evroks Corp. where he worked as a lead carpenter since 1989, and was known affectionately as "dad" by his co-workers. He worked on many of the state's bridges, especially those across rivers, the interstate and community roads.

He is survived by his son Randall Carleton Howe and his wife Cindy of Andover; five grandchildren, Dylan, Aura, Colton, James and Bridgette; two brothers, Richard E. Howe and his wife Anne, and Timothy C. Howe and his wife Valerie of Sanbornton; a sister, Deborah L. Howe of Santa Monica, California; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life is planned for Saturday, June 3, from 11 a.m. to a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Elks Club on Central Street in Franklin. A committal service, with military honors will be held Tuesday, June 6, at 3 p.m. at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway in Boscawen.

Assisting the Howe family is the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home in Tilton.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to the NH Department of Fish and Game or the National Rifle Association.

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Evelyn R. Prescott, 100


SANBORNTON — Evelyn Rosalie Hill Prescott, 100, a longtime resident of Sanbornton, died peacefully at St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Laconia on Nov 26, 2016.

Evelyn was born in Boltonville, Vermont, on Jan. 18, 1916, to Raymond and Edith (Vance) Hill, and spent her childhood on the family dairy farm there.

As a teenager, the family moved the farm to Woodsville, where Evelyn graduated from high school and afterward attended Concord Business School.

She worked for U.S. Sen. Styles Bridges, and for the Works Progress Administration in Concord where, in 1938, she met and married her husband, Douglass G. Prescott Sr., an architect and officer in the Army. They were married until his death in 1989.

Evelyn and family moved to Sanbornton in 1947, living first at the Old Tavern and later building a home on Perkins Road. Evelyn was active in the community serving on the School Board, the local historical society, the Congregational Church, the Tilton-Northfield Women's Club, and at the election polls.

In the mid-1960s Evelyn established a small preschool in her home where she provided enriching preschool activities for community children for 10 years.

Evelyn was an expert homemaker, an accomplished cook and an avid gardener. Even now Evelyn's daffodils remain a springtime beauty to behold and a comfort to her loved ones.

She is survived by her sons, Douglass G Prescott Jr. of Sanbornton and Jeffrey A. Prescott (and wife Mabel) of Destin, Florida. She leaves grandsons Christian (and wife Margaret), and Tobey Prescott and their mother Pam Prescott; granddaughters Abigail Prescott and Jeanette Prescott and their mother Carolyn Prescott; Rachel Prescott Carney (Dylan), Alana Prescott Stone (Aaron), and Camellia Prescott. Evelyn leaves five great-grandchildren, Tobey Jr., Madeline and Liam Prescott, Asa Stone and Beatrice Carney.

The family wishes to extend heartfelt gratitude to the staff of St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Laconia for the extraordinary and loving care granted our mother in her last years. Special thanks to Margaret Prescott and to Karen Laurent for their friendship and steadfast devotion to Evelyn.

A service will be held on Wednesday, May 31, at 4:30 p.m. in the Sanbornton Congregational Church, UCC, Tower Hill Road, Sanbornton. A gathering will follow in the undercroft of the church to celebrate Evelyn's life.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 406 Court St., Laconia NH 03246; please state in memory of Evelyn Prescott.

Condolences to the Prescott Family can be sent to P.O. Box 45, Sanbornton, NH 03269, or made online to the guest book at William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Tilton,

Barbara J. Richardson, 73


BRIDGEWATER — Barbara J Richardson (Villers/Morse), 73, of Bridgewater, predeceased by her husband, Terry L. Richardson, passed away peacefully in her home after a long illness on May 23, 2017.

She was born Sept. 12, 1943, to Ernest and Mildred Villers (Laporte) of Haverhill, Massachusetts. Barbara, being born a twin, was the youngest of 11 children.

Being originally from Haverhill, Massachusetts, she married Phillip Morse Sr. on Sept.17, 1961, and had four children of her own.

Barbara divorced in 1993, and married Terry Richardson on May 28, 1994, who passed away on April 10, 2012.

She worked for IPC/Freudenberg for many years as a press operator.

She enjoyed spending time with family, cookouts, camping and the ocean.

Barbara is survived by her siblings, Elaine Allen, Mildred Roberts, and Paul Villers Sr., all from Massachusetts.

Passed before her were her twin sister, Sandra Huntress; sisters, Gloria Merritt and Ann-Marie (baby); brothers, Bob Villers, Ernie Villers, Donald Villers and Kenneth Villers

Her children include Karen Reppucci of Tamworth and her husband Ronald Reppucci, Phillip Morse Jr. of Thompson, Georgia, and his girlfriend Rebecca Whitford, Brian Morse of Crawfordsville, Indiana, and his wife Tammy Morse, Debra Patten of Bristol and her husband Peter Patten.
Granchildren include Matthew Diltz, Ashley Morse (deceased), Maegan Patten, Jasmine Patten, Zachary Patten, and Bradley Morse; and step-grandchildren, Broderick and Britney Snyder; stepchildren Lee Richardson, Kim Mackay and many nieces and nephews.

A special thank you to her nephew Jerry Miller and his wife Dianne, Andrea Finnerty, Joanne Phelps, Martha Diebner, Ron and Donna Collette, Bob and Lorna Patten and the nurses of NANA.

There will be a brief committal service held at the state Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen on May 31, at 3 p.m. Barbara will be cremated and interred with her husband Terry Richardson.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made out to NANA (Newfound Area Nursing Association), 214 Lake St., Bristol NH 03222.