Bruce K. Ordway Sr. passed from life on May 26, 2021 at his home. Bruce was born December 15, 1953 to Franklin Ordway and Betty Huntley. He was predeceased by his father and stepmother Frank and Sue Ordway and by his mother and stepfather Betty and Larry Fairbrother. Bruce’s brother Mike Ordway and by nephew Jacob Conrad also left this life before him.
Bruce attended Fairlee School, East Topsham School, and Thetford Academy. He married Beverly Smith on May 13, 1995 and celebrated their 26th anniversary shortly before his passing.
Bruce is survived by siblings Alan Ordway of Fairlee, VT; Marie Lackey of Newbury, VT; Tracy (and Jennifer) Ordway of Wichita, KS; Kerri Ordway of Wichita, KS and Robin Sleeper of Wichita, KS. He is also survived by his children Tina Ordway and Wendell Downing of E. Topsham, VT and Bruce Ordway Jr. “Butch” and Jodi Dube of Topsham, VT and his stepchildren: Kyle French (and Dara Evans) of Berea, KY; Richard (and Amanda) French of E. Barre, VT; Curt French of Barre, VT; and Cheryl (and Gregg) Swartzenberg of Sasebo, Japan. He had ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren that were always foremost in his mind.
Bruce enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, raising livestock, playing with his grandchildren, and spending time with his beloved animals including Sadie Girl. He began working on the family farm and started working in the carpentry industry at 16 becoming a Master Carpenter before retiring, yet still boasting that he could “work any of you young fellas into the ground”. He will be greatly missed by many. Rest in Peace “Dad”, “Grandpa”, and “Poppa”. Arrangements are by Hale Funeral Home in Bradford, VT.
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