|DECEMBER 18, 2009 --
Donald Jespersen Sr., 88, died Dec. 9, 2009, at his home surrounded by his family. He was the loving husband of the late Virginia "Ginny" (Anstett) Jespersen.
Born Sept. 25, 1921, Mr. Jesperson was a son of the late Selma (Neilson) and Christian Jespersen. He was a lifelong resident of Barkhamsted. He was a veteran of World War II and served in the European theater. He was past president of the Riverton Fair Association, a member of the Riverton Congregational Church, a Golden Sheaf member of the Riverton Grange and a lifelong member of the VFW Post 296 in Winsted. He also was a longtime supporter of the agriculture education program at Northwestern Regional High School and of the 4-H program for 48 years.
He is survived by two sons, Donald Jespersen Jr. and his wife, Dawn, of Barkhamsted and Peter Jespersen and his fianceé, Karen Palmer, of Barkhamsted; two daughters, Gail Lavoie and her husband, Ray, of Goshen and Nancy Galpin and her husband, Frank, of Barkhamsted; and five grandchildren, Kyle Jespersen, Tiffany Jespersen Gough, Aaron Lavoie, Sarah Galpin and Tim Galpin. He was predeceased by three brothers, Harold, Walter and Carl; and five sisters, Elsa, Elna, Ann, Ruth and Bertha.
Funeral services were held Dec. 14, at Riverton Congregational Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Litchfield County 4-H Foundation, 843 University Drive, Torrington, CT 06790 and/or Riverton Congregational Church, PO Box 155, Riverton, CT 06065. Visit an online guestbook at montano-shea.com.