Brian E. Kitching, 68
EPSOM — Brian Elliott Kitching, 68, of Epsom, a retired Army sergeant major, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, at the Concord Hospice House, surrounded by his loving family, following a battle with lung and brain cancer.
Born on Jan. 8, 1949, he was the second child of James Martin Kitching and Virginia (Bodge) Kitching. Raised and educated in Meredith, Brian was a graduate of Inter-Lakes High School, Class of 1967.
After graduation, Brian joined the Army. An honorably discharged veteran, Brian proudly served his country from 1967 to 1970 during the Vietnam War. After his first three years with the Army, Brian met his wife, Alana (Olden) Kitching, from Meredith. They married in November 1971 and shared 46 years together, raising their two daughters. Brian re-enlisted in the Army in 1972. He and his wife, Alana enjoyed traveling around the world. Through the Army, Brian and Alana traveled to Germany, Fort Devens, Massachusetts, as a cook, Manchester as a recruiter, Fort Bliss, Texas, for Sergeant Major Academy, Letterman Army Hospital Presidio of San Francisco, and Fort Riley, Kansas. Brian retired from the Tripler Army Hospital in Honolulu. Brian dedicated 28 years to his Army career.
Following his discharge from the Army in 1995, Brian worked for Holiday Inn, Graphic Packaging, and Pitco.
As a child, he loved fishing and started collecting stamps that later grew into collecting many things. Brian lived the rest of his time in Epsom working on all his beautiful gardens he created and loved so much.
Brian is survived by his wife, Alana Kitching of Epsom; sister, Sharon Miller and husband William of Meredith; two daughters, Rebecca Nations and husband Ward of Ogden, Kansas, and Audrey Smith and husband Mark of Manhattan, Kansas; nine grandchildren, Kody, Kasey, Kaitlyn and her husband Chad, Kyler and Kamryn Nations of Ogden, Kansas, Kelsey, MaKenzie, Nathan, and Mason of Manhattan, Kansas; three great-grandchildren, Brooklyn, Ava and Payslie; several nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.
Brian was predeceased by his brother, Gary Kitching in 1992; father, James in 2004; and mother, Virginia in 2014.
His visitation will be held in the Phaneuf Funeral Home, 172 King St., Boscawen, on Monday, Nov. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. Brian will be laid to rest at the State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, in Boscawen, on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 1 p.m. Friends and relatives invited.
Donation options include the following: flowers for services, American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123, and Concord Hospice House, 240 Pleasant St., Concord, NH 03301.
To view Brian's online tribute, send condolences to the family, or for more information, visit www.phaneuf.net.