Almon F. Dirth
ORANGE — Funeral services were held on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, at Witty’s Funeral Home in Orange for Almon F. Dirth Sr., 92, of Putnam Street, who died Sunday, Dec. 13, at Quabbin Valley Healthcare in Athol.
The Rev. Beverly Prestwood-Taylor of the Athol Congregational Church officiated. Interment with military honors followed in South Cemetery, Orange. The bearers were Tim Dirth, Josh Dirth, Chip Dirth, Jon Ralys, Craig Ralys, Matt Ralys, Ben Ralys and Alex Ralys. Military honors were provided by the Massachusetts Army Honor Guard, including the playing of Taps, as well as the folding and presentation of the American flag to Almon’s wife, Marjorie.
A reception was held at the Parish Hall of St. Mary’s Church in Orange following the committal services.
Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, was honored with directing the arrangements.
ORANGE — Almon F. Dirth Sr., 92, of Putnam Street, died on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, at Quabbin Valley Healthcare in Athol.
Born in Orange on Sept. 26, 1923, he was a son of the late Arthur Dirth Sr. and Jessie (Carey) and grew up in Orange, graduating from Orange High School in 1941. While in high school, Almon was a pitcher on the baseball team.
Following high school he worked briefly for Union Tool and Orange Lumber before enlisting into the United States Army during World War II.
During his time in the Army, Almon served with the 2nd Armored Division under General Patton as a medic and saw action at the Battle of the Bulge. Almon received a Bronze Star and Purple Heart before being honorably discharged. Almon returned to Normandy after the war to visit different sites. He also attended several reunions of the 2nd Armored Division in Texas over the years.
On Aug. 23, 1997, Almon married Marjorie (Cloukey), dancing down the aisle, and they have enjoyed their 18 years of marriage. Almon was previously married to Doris M. (Cutter) for 46 years until her death on Aug. 5, 1992.
Almon worked for the Rodney Hunt Company in Orange for 39 years before retiring and had previously worked for the Orange Foundry.
For 35 years, Almon ran Hillside Gardens where he was able to enjoy his passion of growing plants and helping people beautify their homes and decorate their loved ones’ graves, from which he truly received much pleasure and took great pride in doing so.
Almon enjoyed dancing, hunting and fishing, especially with his grandsons.
A member of the Orange American Legion Post #172, he had also been a member of the Athol-Orange Lodge of Elks #1837.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Marjorie Dirth of Orange; a son, Almon F. Dirth Jr. and his wife, Debra, of Laconia, N.H.; a daughter, Linda S. Gamache and her husband, Peter, of Campton, N.H.; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Arthur Dirth, of Orange.
A calling hour will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., on Thursday, Dec. 17, at Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, Dec. 17, at 11 a.m., at Witty’s Funeral Home, in Orange, with the Rev. Beverly Prestwood-Taylor of the Athol Congregational Church officiating.
Interment will follow in South Cemetery, Orange.
Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, is directing the arrangements.
You may offer your sympathy online at www.wittyfuneralhome.com.