Vincent Francis Dooen

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SOUTH PARIS – Vincent Francis Dooen, 77, of Bethel, died at Market Square Health Care on Jan. 3, with his family by his side.

He was born on Sept. 25, 1929, in Berlin, N.H., the son of the late Francis V. and Avis (Witter) Dooen and had lived most of his life in Bethel. He served our country during the Korean War as a U.S. Army sergeant from 1948 to 1952. He earned the Korean Service Medal with 5 bronze stars, an occupation medal (Japan) and an Infantry combat badge.

He retired from Chadborne’s as a heavy equipment mechanic in 1988. His love and kindness to animals were well-known. During his life, he had helped nourish many wild animals back to health. He was a kind and gentle man who was loved and respected by his family and community. He will be sadly missed, but always in our hearts.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Patricia (Chamberlin) Dooen of Bethel; daughters, Debbie Martin, and her husband, Michael, of Mason Township, Lisa Smith of West Bethel and Terry Dooen of Littleton, Mass.; son, Bruce Dooen of Georgetown; six grandchildren, Michelle Lynn and Derek of Lisbon, Michelle and Anthony of Bethel and Kailey and Cody of West Bethel; a brother, Gayland Dooen, and his wife, Mary, of Bethel; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents.

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