Clinton, Maine-Wendell E. Bickford of Clinton, Maine, went to live with his Savior on Saturday evening, November 26, just one day after his eightieth birthday. Surrounded by his family, he died peacefully at Maine General Medical Center in Augusta, Maine\r\n\r\nWendell was born in Waterville, Maine in 1936, the son of Erland C. and Evelyn (Fenlason) Bickford, and grew up on the Middle Road in Fairfield Center. He graduated from Lawrence High School in 1954 where his classmates said his initials W.B. stood for “Working Boy.” He served in the army from 1958 to 1960 working with radio communications while stationed in Germany.\r\n\r\nOn March 31, 1962, Wendell married Brenda “Bunnie” Carr whom he cherished for the next 52 years. His love for her was an amazing example to those who knew him, as he patiently cared for her through more than 30 years of health problems. Together they reared three children who would in time give them nine grandchildren.\r\n\r\nThe “working boy” could fix almost anything. As a young man he worked on farms, sold insurance, and built houses, but in 1972 he began a 27-year career as a maintenance man with Keyes Fibre Company (now Huhtamaki). At home, he enjoyed creating things in his workshop, tending his garden, and reading. Having received Jesus Christ as his Savior, he fully gave his heart to Him at Clinton Baptist Church. His church became a second family to him. There he served as an usher or helped with special projects such as preparing crafts for children. He loved visits from friends and bear hugs from his grandchildren. \r\n\r\nWendell was predeceased by his wife; his parents; and his brother Edwin. \r\n\r\nHe is survived by his daughter Holli and her husband John Ashley of Lake Ariel, Pa.; his sons Rev. Mitchell Bickford and his wife Brenda of Lee, Maine, and his son Rusty Bickford and his wife Joy of Newport, Maine; nine grandchildren, Heath, Macy, Lauren, Kara, Holli, Haley, Jade, Hilde, and Heidi and her husband Daniel McGovern; one great grandson Enoch; three sisters, Erlene Holmbraker, Leona Crichton, and Edith Aiken; several dear brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and cousins.\r\n\r\nA memorial service will be held at noon on Thursday, Dec. 1, at Clinton Baptist Church on Spring Street in Clinton, Maine. Visiting hours will begin at 11 a.m. at the church. \r\n\r\nIn lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Sunday school fund at Clinton Baptist Church.