Donald M. Lucier

  • Born: October 1, 1934
  • Died: September 29, 2020
  • Location: Willsboro, New York

Ker Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium

57 High St
Brattleboro, VT 05301
Tel. (802) 254-5655

Tribute & Message From The Family

Donald Melvin Lucier, 85, died September 29th in Elizabethtown, NY, a few miles away from where he made his home with his long-term partner, Michelle Ress in Willsboro, NY for 23 years. He loved the location, he could see Lake Champlain from his front windows and was less than a mile away from the
boat landing, which he frequented often, and enjoyed early morning fishing expeditions, even if no fish were caught!

Donald was born the son of Harry Lucier, Sr and Alice (Burrington) Lucier, in Williamsville, VT on October 1, 1934. He died just two days shy of his 86th birthday.

He joined the Navy under a program called "Kiddie Cruise" in the late 50's. This program allowed teenagers to sign up at age of 17, with a three-year enlistment, and you were discharged when you turned 21. He was proud of his service to his country, had fond memories of his Navy days, and that he
served in the Korean War. Later years he enjoyed sharing the many parts of the world that he was able to see because of his service. He was a proud Veteran, a long-standing Patriot of the United States of America, teaching his children to respect Old Glory, and the many lives that were sacrificed for this
country's freedom.

He married Kathryn Sumner on July 16, 1955. They were married for 29 years, had five children; Karen, Karla, Donna, Darlene and Douglas Lucier. He was not only handy but very talented in a large array of subjects, and also, quite humble about his vast skills. He did apprenticeships in Carpentry and Plumbing,
worked very hard to make a good living to provide for his family. He and Kathryn built two beautiful homes for their family in West Chesterfield, and later renovated a couple of homes where he resided with his partner, Michelle Ress. Had a business with his brother, Dick, worked for Harry E Winn for many years and worked for Economy Plumbing and Heating for almost three decades. Later years he became an entrepreneur, and worked part time up until a few years ago. He was a very kind, honest, hard working and good man who loved his children and family, and did all he could to help them succeed, helped with home projects, and much more.

As a father he set an example with a good moral compass, including honesty, work ethics, strived for excellence, and was always willing to help a friend or neighbor in need. He was an avid supporter of his children's interests including sports and activities, and became heavily involved in Keene Youth Hockey in
the 70's. In his younger years he enjoyed scuba diving.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, spending time with his family and friends. He loved to participate in fishing derbies in VT, NH & NY. He spent decades of Father's Day Weekend on Lake Winnipesaukee in NH in their fishing derby. A loyal son, brother, father, uncle, grandfather, and great grandfather, and partner.
He maintained long term friendships from his childhood years, and had many, many friends.

Donald was predeceased by his parents, his youngest and oldest daughters, Darlene, and Karen Lucier, a sister, Sandra (Lucier) Beichner, two brother-in-laws, and a sister in law.

He is survived by his longtime partner, Michelle Ress, His children, Karla (Charles) Young of Milton, FL, Donna Scully of Vernon, VT, Douglas Lucier of Spofford, NH. Six grandchildren, Joshua Young (Milton, FL), Kelly (Brandon) Spaugh of Welcome, NC, Alex Murray of Bullhead City, AZ, Ajay (Nicole) Lucier of Keene, NH, Brianna Lucier of Spofford, NH and Aubrielle Lucier of Keene, NH, seven great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild; His siblings, Richard (Dick) Lucier of Townshend, VT,Frank Lucier, Sr of Lake Wales, FL, Janice Bills of Brattleboro, VT, Harry Lucier of Hinsdale VT, many nieces and nephews, and Michelle's son, James Ress of CT.

He had a wonderful sense of humor, was proud of his and his children's accomplishments. Spoke often how he "Hadn't had a good night's sleep since his kids were born!" and will be missed more than words can say. His children rate him an A+++ dad! His daughters still vie for "Favorite Daughter" award, but we all knew, hands down, it was Darlene (Dar)! They were the best of buds!

SERVICES: Calling hours will be held at Ker Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium located at 57 High St. Brattleboro, VT 05301 on Thursday October 8th from 4 to 6 pm. Burial will take place on Friday October 9th at 11 am at Meeting House Hill Cemetery in Brattleboro, VT. Please note current restrictions limiting funeral home capacity to no more than 50%. Those in attendance are respectfully requested to wear face coverings and practice social distancing.

Donations can be made to Lewy body Dementia Association at


Condolence & Memory Journal

I just wanted to take a few minutes to thank you all for the kind words about our dad. He was a wonderful man, a kind, loving, caring soul. He would want me to thank each one of you. I apologize for the tardiness of this thank you, navigating through life now without my dad has not been easy. Many thanks and wishes for you all to have a good holiday season...... Donna

Posted by Donna Scully - Vernon, VT - Daughter   November 24, 2020


My deepest sympathies go out to you Karla, Donna, and Doug on your loss. I have many fond memories of Don that will forever stay with me and I will miss him.

Posted by Jim Ress - New London, CT - Family Friend   October 08, 2020

To the entire Lucier family...
I had the privilege of knowing Don and his family for many years, he was a great guy that helped build many wonderful extended families. My heart is with you all.

Posted by Amy Hergenrother - Reno, NV, NV   October 05, 2020

So sorry a good friend from economy plumbling has gone. Condolences to Mickey, also. Sincerely, Al and Cindy Cantlin

Posted by Cindy Cantlin - New Port Richey, FL   October 05, 2020

Donna, I'm so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family.

Posted by Patricia A van Oene - Friend   October 05, 2020

I knew Donny back when he was in the navy and dating Katherine. Our lives took different paths but I remember what a really neat guy he was and by the way the obit reads he remained that way. I doubt if any of his family ever heard of me except maybe Frankie and Harry. I can see why he will be missed.

Posted by Pete Harrison - Westminster, VT - Friend   October 04, 2020

I will always remember my first Lake Champlain fishing buddy he showed me how to fish Lake Champlain. He was a great neighbor and friend. We will miss you.

Posted by Tony Galioto - Willsboro, NY - Neighbor   October 04, 2020

My thoughts are with you and your family.

Posted by Joanne Barber - Brattleboro, VT - Friend   October 03, 2020


Condolences to the family. I worked with Don many years ago. Such a gentle soul with a wonderful sense of humor.

Posted by Jean Murphy - Swanzey, NH - Friend   October 03, 2020


We have a lot of great memories which we'll share again when we visit in heaven; something great to look forward to. Your the best brother and brother-in-law God could have blessed us with.

Posted by Frank & Barbara Lucier - Lake Wales, FL - Family   October 03, 2020

I loved your jokes

Posted by Carol Perry - Vernon, VT - Family Friend   October 02, 2020

Going to miss my first Lake Champlain fishing buddy, he knew how to fish that lake. RIP Don - Tony Galioto

Posted by Tony Galioto - Willsboro, NY - Neighbor   October 02, 2020

Sending my condolences to the family. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Joe Bills - Brattleboro, VT - Family   October 02, 2020

So sorry for your loss, he was a wonderful guy. RIP Donny

Posted by Mary Mitchell - Ocala, FL - Friend   October 02, 2020

My thoughts and prayers to all of you.

Posted by Amber Hall - DENISON, TX   October 02, 2020

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To the entire Lucier family... I had the privilege of knowing Don and his family for many years, he was a great guy that helped build many wonderful extended families. My heart is with you all.