Donald Wayne Gregory, 69, of Tanneyville, Mo. and Sutton, Vt., passed away unexpectedly at his home on June 28, 2018. Don was born on Feb. 7, 1949 in North Adams, Mass. The son of Donald George Gregory and Jeanette Georgette Gregory (Martin).
He grew up in the Berkshire mountains on Rolling Acres Poultry Farm in Cheshire, Mass. This fostered his love of hunting and fishing. He graduated from Adams Memorial High School in 1967 and enlisted in the US Air Force. He served his country in Vietnam for two tours before returning home in November of 1971. He obtained Staff Sergeant status. He worked for a few years at the Bennington and Bald Hill Fish Hatcheries. Don met and married Marie Williams in 1973 and they moved to Vermont. In 1978, he received an opportunity to train as a Vermont State Fish and Game Warden, obtaining his first post in 1979. He worked as a Fish and Game Warden for 22 years, serving two districts in Orange and Caledonia counties. He was an outstanding Game Warden and was recognized by the State with, “Game Warden of the Year” three times during his career. Don retired in August of 2000. After retirement, he continued his love of the outdoors owning his own lawn care and property maintenance business. Don’s love of the outdoors was evident in everything he did. Either working or playing you could always find him hunting, fishing, mowing, gardening or helping others in their time of need. He married Linda Leete on Nov. 28, 2017.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Leete Gregory of Tanneyville, Mo. and Sutton, Vt., son, Shilo Gregory and wife Ivy and grandson, Solomon of Haverhill, N.H., daughter Lynnette Gregory Knapp and granddaughter Tenley of Bradford, Vt., daughter Yvette Gregory Koslowsky, husband Frank, grandson Zachary and granddaughter Noell of Newbury, Vt., Anthony Laviletta of Sutton, Vt., brother John Bartlett and wife AnnMarie of Adams, Mass., sister Tina Heisler and husband George of Kansas, sister, Sheila Gregory Bounds of Florida, Mass., sisters-in-Law, Barbara St. Laurent and Sharon Cassidy, and many loving nieces & nephews.
He was predeceased by his father Donald Gregory, mother Jeanette Gregory and brother Martin Gregory of North Adams, Mass., brother-in-law Henry Bounds of Florida, Mass., father-in-law Delbert Leete, mother-in-law, Shirley Leete and brother-in-law Gary Leete.
Please send cards to Linda Gregory at PO Box 274, Wells River, VT 05081.
In lieu of flowers or cards to his children, please make a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project, as Don made monthly donation to this wonderful cause.
A memorial to honor Don will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Oxbow High School, Bradford, Vt.