Arthur B. Hendsbee Jr., of Windsor, met his Lord three days after his 95th birthday. Arthur was born in Albion on Sept. 24, 1922 and worked on the family farm until he left to find his way in life in Connecticut.
He served during WWII in the Army Air Force and went on to work at Togus VA for 35 years as an EKG Technician.
He and his wife, Laura, lived on Togus Pond in Augusta during their early years and formulated lifelong friendships with many of their neighbors.
Arthur enjoyed hunting and other activities including a garbage route and a wood delivery from the neighborhood lumber mill.
The family then purchased The White Owl Motel in South China, which they operated for six years.
Arthur was a member of the Bethlehem Lodge of Augusta, a Shriner, member of the Whitefield Lions Club and a Past District Governor.
He and Laura enjoyed many trips to Lions conventions. Arthur continued to work as the maintenance supervisor for Windsor Fair and served on its board of directors.
He was noted for his extremely quick wit and passion for words. A voracious reader, he could rarely be stumped spelling and could give a definition of any word. At family gatherings, he would delight in entertaining all present with his sometimes “off color” poetry. He had a special bond with his only daughter, Cecilia and enjoyed many trips to Hollywood Slots and the Oxford Casino with his besties, Frank and Gordon. He was loved by many and will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Arthur was predeceased by his wife, Laura (Rogers) Hendsbee; parents, Arthur B. Hendsbee Sr. and Edna M. (Wrigley) Hendsbee; and brothers, John Hendsbee, George Hendsbee Sr., and Edward Hendsbee.
He is survived by his very special and dear friend, Gladys Sparks of Brewer; children, Michael Hendsbee and wife Susan of Antelope, Cal., Cecilia Genthner and husband Frank of Bristol, and Wayne Hendsbee of Farmingdale; brother, James Hendsbee of Clinton; sisters, Althea Carter of Jenison, Mich., Faith Rankins of Randolph, and Dena Hubley of Ft. Myers, Fla.; dear sister-in-law, Erlene Hendsbee of Chelsea; grandchildren, Michael Hendsbee and wife Missy, Lisa Skaggs and husband Mick, Courtney Hendsbee, Christine Gove and husband Scott, Deering Genthner Jr., Frankie Genthner, Michael P. Genthner, Molly Kimball and husband Patrick, and Megan Hendsbee and friend Ron Peaslee; great-grandchildren, Korie, Shelbi, Ashley, Mariah, Michael James, Deering III, Nathan, Ethan, Christopher, Baker, Sean, and Megan; great-great-grandchildren, Asher, Kaylynn, Christopher, Paige Kelton, Tinnlee, Leila, and Lillian; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A funeral service was held Oct. 2 at Plummer Funeral Home, Windsor Chapel, Windsor. Burial with military honors will be held at 1 p.m., Wed., Oct. 4 at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Mt. Vernon Rd., Augusta.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Arthur’s memory to Whitefield Lions Club, P.O. Box 52, Coopers Mills, ME, 04341.
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