1926 -2014

NORWAY — Wendell Isaac “Happy” Easter died in Norway on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

He was born in Dixfield, on Feb. 8, 1926, to Isaac and Marian Noyes Easter. As his family relocated often while he was young, Wendell, along with his three brothers and three sisters, attended a variety of schools in the Rumford/Dixfield area. He completed his junior year at Stephens High School before being drafted into the Army on June 27, 1944. Wendell operated field artillery during the Battle of the Bulge. He received an honorable discharge from the Army in June 1946, returning home to Maine.

Wendell married his sweetheart, Winona Harris, on July 5, 1947. Together, they brought five children into the world. He went to work for the Rumford Mill and was able to earn his G.E.D. while an employee there. Wendell’s wife, Winona, passed away in 1997, after 50 years of marriage.

Wendell was a lifelong member in the Grange and the VFW in Rumford. For many years, Wendell was a volunteer fireman and a member of the Ellis River Cemetery Association, the Rumford Historical Society and the Rumford Point Congregational Church. He also enjoyed working with his tractor to plow gardens for people.

He is survived by his sister, Methyl Park; sister-in-law, Connie Easter; as well as two daughters, Sharon Husic of Maryland and Sandra Hall of Tennessee; two sons, Clayton Easter and Doug “Happy” Easter, both of Rumford; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren, including a set of twins; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Wendell was predeceased by his son, Kendall.

Friends and family are invited to sign the online register book and share memories with the family at www.meaderandson.com.