NORRIDGEWOCK – Wayne E. Bachelder Sr., 66, of Norridgewock, formerly of Avon, died Thursday, Sept. 14, at his home.

He was born July 19, 1940, the son of Jobie A. and Esther S. (Anderson) Bachelder Sr. in Avon. He attended Avon Valley School and Strong High. He was married to Barbara L. Lisherness for 21 years. He married Cheryl Knights this year. He enjoyed reading westerns, gardening, hunting, fishing, camping, his dog Grizz and spending time with his many grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Cheryl, of Norridgewock; two daughters, Norma Lehto and her husband, Walter, of East Dixfield and Stacy Braley and fiance, David Emery, of Skowhegan; six sons, PeeWee Bachelder and his wife, Rose M., of Strong, Ron Bachelder and his wife, Rose L., of Strong, Vern Bachelder and his companion, Sonya, of Madrid, Keith Bachelder of Avon, Russell Bachelder and companion, Lorna, of Exeter and Nelson Bachelder and his wife, Barbara, of Avon; four stepchildren, Jay, Jon and Jeff Neubauer and Vicki Arnold; 25 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four sisters, Beverly Savage and her husband, Reginald, of North Jay, Joanne Barker of Avon, Shari Freese of Norridgewock and Susan Lee of Skowhegan; three brothers, Boyd Bachelder Sr. and his wife, Rhoda, of Phillips, Wilfred Bachelder Sr. and his wife, Juanita, of Avon and Peter Bachelder and his wife, Mary, of Avon; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his father, Jobie Sr.; and his brother, Jobie Jr.

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