Rolland G. Betourney

WINCHENDON — Rolland G. Betourney, 90, formerly of Winchendon and Royalston, died peacefully Thursday afternoon, Nov. 23, 2017, in Quabbin Valley Healthcare, Athol.

He was born in Winchendon on July 28, 1927, son of the late Felix and Emma (Gauthier) Betourney and attended Winchendon schools. Rolland lived in Royalston for many years and wintered in the Carolinas and Florida. He returned to Winchendon later in life and had lived in Athol for the last four years.

Rolland proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy during World War II. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, American Theatre Medal and Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Medal.

Rolland had worked as a woodworker at Kammensteins and Heywood Wakefield Furniture Company and retired as a maintenance man at Franklin Pierce College in Fitzwilliam, N.H. An avid golfer, Rolland played golf regularly in Gardner, Athol and Winchendon and had shot several holes-in-one. An avid fisherman, he enjoyed fly fishing, hunting and nature. He also enjoyed bowling. He was a member of Eugene M. Connor Post 193 American Legion and Winchendon Rod and Gun Club.

His wife of 66 years, Elsie A. (Till) Betourney, died in 2015. He leaves four children, Paula I. Hare and her husband Joseph of Lancaster, Janice E. Wilder and her husband Michael of Winchendon, Scott R. Betourney and his wife Carol of Winchendon, and Steven B. Betourney and his wife Nancy of Royalston; his grandchildren, Shannon Harris, Brenda Lucier, Kimberly O’Dea, Michael R. Wilder, Christopher S. Betourney, Tricia M. Betourney, Steven B. Betourney Jr., Jacob Betourney, Lauria Kamataris and Amanda Eastman; a brother, Stuart Betourney of Winchendon; a sister, Elaine Peterson of Winchendon; and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A son, Eric G. Betourney, and a brother, Maurice Betourney, preceded him in death.

Private graveside services will be held in Riverside Cemetery, Glenallen Street, Winchendon. There are no calling hours.

Memorial donations may be made to Quabbin Valley Healthcare, 821 Daniel Shays Hwy., Athol, MA 01331.

Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central St., Winchendon, is directing arrangements.

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