Obituaries

Guy Wildes

Guy "Guybo" Victor Wildes passed away Monday, December 19th, 2016, in his home in Bowdoinham, he was age 61.

Guy was survived by his two children, a son Jefferson Bishop of Westbrook, daughter Rachel Wildes of Bowdoinham, his sister Linda Burnette of Bowdoinham, his neice Ali, nephew Ethan, and many friends. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Andrew.

Guy was born the middle of three children on December 13th, 1955 to Keith Wildes and his wife Jeanine (nee Baillargeon).

Guy will be remembered as a larger than life man, in personality and stature. He was hardworking his whole life and devoted to his children. An avid outdoorsman, Guy was always sharing his love for fishing, wildlife, and botany with his kids. A fixture in Bowdoinham, known for his work as a carpenter, a love for a good laugh, and his lovingly disgruntled streak, Guy will be missed and remembered fondly by the community.

A gathering will take place from 5 to 7 PM at Kincer Funeral Home in Richmond on Wednesday, December 28th, with words of rememberance to follow until 8 PM.

Bette L. Horning

Richmond-Bette L. Horning, 82, of Main St., died after a brief illness on Monday, December 19, 2016 at her home with her family by her side.

She was born in Lowell, Massachusetts on September 12, 1934 the daughter of Henry and Euleula Marston.

Bette worked at Augusta General for many years as a nurse.  She was a foster mother for many children throughout the years.

She enjoyed reading, writing poetry and short stories.  She also enjoyed being the director of the Richmond Golden Oldies.  

Bette was predeceased by her husband Robert Horning and grandson Nathan Horning.  She is survived by her daughter Nancy Cote and her husband Ryan of Dresden, Larry Horning and wife Gina of Greene, Dennis Horning and wife Linda of Texas, brother David Marston and wife Sandra of Florida, 8 grandchildren, many great grandchildren, foster children Susan Thayer-McCausland, Vicki Bragg Russell and Roxanne O'Connor.

Memorial visitation will take place on Friday, December 23rd. From 11am till noon, with a service to follow all at the United Dresden Methodist Church in Richmond.  A gathering will follow at the church hall, all are welcome.

In Bette's memory donations to be made to the Richmond Food Pantry 7 Spruce St., Richmond or the Richmond Golden Oldies 314 Front St., Richmond.

Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home 130 Pleasant St. Richmond, Me 04357.

Wayne L. Bodge

BodgeDresden-Wayne L. Bodge, 71, of the Indian Rd., passed at home in the early morning hours on Thursday, December 1, 2016 with his wife at his side after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on September 10, 1945 the son of Harold and Edna Hatch Bodge Lilly.

         Wayne was born, raised and lived in Dresden all his life. He attended Bridge Academy, graduating
         at age 16, as valedictorian of his class of 1962.  Following graduation, he acquired a teaching
         degree from Gorham Sta
te Teachers College, and then was drafted into the Army, where he earned "5"
         medal
s while serving his country in Vietnam.

                     

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Starr Hardy

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LISBON FALLS - Starr Hardy, 76, of Lisbon Falls passed away on November 27th, 2016 blanketed in deep love and light with her family at home. She possessed a profound, fierce love for her family. Never one to divert from the needs of others, she held each and every one of her family members close to her heart.  She was born December 17th, 1939 in Merrill, Maine to Linwood and Mabel Scott Russell.  She was blessed with four magnificent children; Judy, Linda, Jamie and Michael.

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Frances Simmons

Frances Simmons picRICHMOND - Frances (Bunker) Simmons, 88, of Richmond died on November 18, 2016 at Country Manor Nursing Home in Coopers Mills.

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Dorothy Ellis

Dot EllisDorothy Eliza Ellis
14 July 1924 - 14 November 2016Dorothy was born in Portland, Maine to Thomas & Dorothy Stretton.
Dot married the love of her life, Donald Ellis, October 15th, 1946.  They shared 67 happy years of marriage.Dot served the church in many capacities over the years, holding may offices in addition to 4 yrs. Mission office, 2 yrs. District President for the UMW, and 2 yrs. Conference Lay Members.In 2004, Dot & Don moved to Oklahoma and quickly became a part of their new community.  Dot was a member of The Singing Seniors Choir, UMW,  and Seniors on the Go at the Methodist Church, along with volunteering at the Election Board in the City of Moore.
Dot remained active till the age of 91 before she reluctantly had to slow down.Dot always enjoyed her work within her community and church however, first and foremost in her heart, were family and friends.Dot was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Alfred and Thomas Stretton, her husband Donald and son Stephen.
Dot leaves behind daughters, Marcia Lechner and husband Edward, Karen Wood and husband Melvin, sister-in-law Donna Grenier and husband Hank, 14 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild several nieces, nephews and many, many friends.

A memorial service will take place on Saturday, November 26th at 1pm at the funeral home.

Dot wished, in lieu of flowers, donations be given to:
Dresden - Richmond United Methodist Church
Pleasant Street
Richmond, Maine  04357

Joseph Atkinson

Dresden-Joseph Atkinson, beloved father, devoted husband, passed away at home on November 9, 2016 with his wife by his side.  Born in Worcester, son of Muriel and Joseph Atkinson, Joe was educated in the Orono school system and graduated from the University of Maine with an engineering degree in 1971.  He married his childhood sweetheart, Deborah (Fletcher), on a snowy day during the University of Maine winter break in 1971.

            After college, Joe worked for General Electric as a construction supervisor, then began working at Central Maine Power as a purchasing manager.  Following that, Joe worked at Maine Yankee as a purchasing manager. 

          Dad2 3A man who did not shy away from hard work, Joe always had a project going, working on a car, harvesting his own firewood, or creating wonders with wood.   One of his favorite projects was adding a two-story addition on his house; designing it, sawing the logs with his wife and two sons, fitting the logs, laying the slate floor, all through to completion.  He was a master woodworker, and we are very fortunate to see his craftsmanship all around us.

            Joe was always willing to lend a hand and was incredibly active with the Masons.   He was both a York Rite and a Scottish Ride Mason, of the 33º.    He coordinated the delivery of Thanksgiving meals, planned Family Life Night, and also lead the essay about the value of family. 

            A life-long member of the NRA, Joe was an avid hunter and outdoors-man, taking one of the dogs and a stack of pancakes out with him in the early dawn.  Joe was also a wonderful, enthusiastic storyteller.  He will be greatly missed. 

          

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Robert E. Sidelinger Sr.

SidelingerRichmond-Robert E. Sidelinger Sr., 93, died unexpectedly on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at his home.

He was born on October 25, 1923 in Richmond, the son of James and Merle Sidelinger.

Upon graduating from high school Bob proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corp. serving during WWII and Korea.  Bob later went on to work for the United States Postal Service retiring in 1978 after 32 years of service.

Bob enjoyed wood working, reading, and being a handyman around town.  He was a member of the Richmond Fire Department, selectman and cherished contributor to the Richmond Players, "Bob the builder".

He was predeceased by his parents, brother James Norris Sidelinger jr., and sister Yvonne Chetley. Bob is survived by his wife of 68 years Claire Sidelinger, sons Robert Sidelinger Jr. And wife Beryl of Richmond, Bruce Sidelinger and wife Jennifer of Florida, sister Janet Beairsto of Florida, 3 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

A celebration of life will take place on Friday, November 18th from 1 to 3pm at the funeral home.

In Bob's memory donations may be made to the Isaac F. Umberhine Library 86 Main St Richmond, Me 04357.

Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home 130 Pleasant St. Richmond, Me 04357.

Christopher A. Small

smallChristopher Anthony Small passed away unexpectedly Friday, November 4, 2016. He was born July 23, 1988 in Aurora Colorado to Cathy Ann Spaulding Small and Mark Matthew Small. Christopher attended Bath Schools and graduated Morse High School in 2008. He was an exceptional athlete participating in baseball, basketball and lacrosse.

In 2008 Christopher joined the Air Force spending 15 months with the 65th Security Forces Squadron at Lajes Air Field, Portugal. After returning stateside he spent the remainder of his military career with the 72nd Security Forces Squadron at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma. In 2011 Christopher deployed to Ali Al Salem Air base in Kuwait where he spent 6 months providing security details. March 2014, Christopher was honorably separated from the military earning the AF Good Conduct Medal, National Service Defense Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, AF Overseas Short Tour Ribbon, AF Longevity Service, and AF Training Ribbon.

Christopher loved the outdoors spending most of his time fishing and exploring new places. He dearly loved his family and spending time outdoors with them hiking, fishing and skiing. He was dedicated to honoring the memory of his younger brother, Alexander Small, spending many hours gardening in Alex’s memorial garden and traveling the country finding new beautiful places Alex would have loved to see.

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John "Jack" Francis Baker

FullSizeRenderRichmond-John “Jack” Francis Baker, formerly of Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, passed away on November 9th at his home in Richmond, Maine. He was 85 years old. 
Jack is survived by his wife, Kathleen Baker; his son John Jeffrey Baker and his wife Virginia, of Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey; and his three daughters, Kim Papalia and her husband Anthony, of Brielle, New Jersey; Holly Gross and her husband Peter, of Brunswick, Maine; and Alisa Coffin and her husband Wesley, of Bailey Island, Maine. Jack was predeceased by his first wife Virginia Hartman Baker. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren. 
Jack was the son of a fisherman and started working with his dad on fishing boats when he was 14 years old. As a young man, he would fish during the day and at night serve his catch at the four tables on the side of the family home on Channel Drive in Point Pleasant Beach. After a stint in the Army as a cook, that early familiarity with seafood ultimately led to his first restaurant “The Lobster Shanty” and he spent most of his life in the restaurant business. 
Jack never lost his love of the water and boating and was often accompanied by his beloved dogs. He was a fervent fan of the New York Giants and later, the New England Patriots. He enjoyed telling stories, and he loved to laugh. He will be missed. 
A memorial service will be held at the Pable Evertz Funeral Home, 901 Beaver Dam Road, Point Pleasant, New Jersey at 12 noon on Saturday, November 19th, 2016. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Multiple Sclerosis Society at 74 Gray Rd., Falmouth, Maine 04105 
Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home 130 Pleasant St. Richmond, Me 04357

Beverly Ann Van Buren

Beverly Ann “Bev” Van Buren has gone to join her Father who art in Heaven. She passed away suddenly in her home before bed on Nov. 1, 2016.

She was born on November 5, 1950 to Marjory (Chase) and Edward Newton. She had 7 siblings: Kathy, Geri, Dottie( deceased), Charles, Virginia, Peggy, and Danny. Bev is survived by her son, Doug Alley and her daughter Peggy Sirois as well as stepchildren, whom she loved as her own, Kathy, Brenda, Susie, and Harry and their children. She had 4 grandsons, William, Arnold, Artemas and Archer. She is predeceased by her son David and daughter Angela. She was married to Ralph Alley and Harry Van Buren and shared much of her life with her love, Kempy Cressey. She is loved by her nieces and nephews who cherish their wonderful memories of her. Bev has a large and loving extended family as well.

Bev worked for the Bath School department for many years where she touched many lives. She was a talented writer and poet who loved to read to and entertain children. Beverly was kind, witty, and generous, but she suffered many challenges due to her mental and physical illness. Bev suffered a great deal of loss in her life. As a result, she pushed many people away throughout her life in an effort to deal with loss on her terms. If she pushed you away and you felt guilty, please don’t. It just means that she loved you.

Please join us to celebrate Bev’s life on her birthday, Saturday November 5th from noon to 3 pm at Knights of Columbus on Middle St. in Bath. We are having a potluck party, where we will rejoice in our memories of her life.

In lieu of flowers please donate to the family fund at https://www.gofundme.com /memorial-fund-for-beverlyvanburen.