Wilbur J. Marden, 89, died  April 24, 2010, with his children by his side. He died at the home he had resided in since building the house himself in 1952.

He was born in North Searsport Feb. 19, 1921, a son of Freeman Owen Marden and Nellie (Carter) Marden.

Wilbur attended schools in North Searsport and Searsport and graduated from the University of Maine with a bachelor’s degree in forestry. He served in the military for four years during World War II and spent much of that time protecting the Panama Canal.

He married Martha Harris, daughter of Isabel and Irvin Harris, on March 6, 1942. They shared 45 wonderful years of life together until she passed away in 1987. After her death he developed a relationship with Margurite Rivers of Searsport. They enjoyed 20 years of companionship until she died in March of 2007. He had a lifelong friendship with his sister, Betty, and her husband, Brownie, and was fortunate to have lived next-door to them his entire life.

He worked for Winde-Mcormick lumber company for 35 years, as both a salesman and warehouse manager.

Besides being really proud of his house, he built five cottages at Swan Lake that he rented to help pay for the college education of his children. These camps have kept families close and have become a great source of joy to both his children and grandchildren. Later in life, he helped three of the children build houses of their own, and did most of the work on Mike’s East Side Professional Building.

It has been estimated that he cut over a half-million Christmas trees in his life, which were sent out of state by the thousands each year, as well as delivered to local retail businesses. He was really proud of his orchards, which each year produced bushels of peaches, pears, apples and plums. He loved working in his garden and graciously supplied everyone in the family with ample vegetables for the summer.

He served as a Little League coach for 12 years and often spoke of local people who had played on his team, the Tigers. He enjoyed going to Swan Lake Association, Swanville Cemetery Committee, and Waldo County Law Enforcement meetings.

“Bump,” as he was known to many of his friends and family, had many hobbies and interests and was busy every minute of the day his entire life. Probably most of all he enjoyed hunting and being in the woods with his family and friends. At the age of 86, he was successful in shooting both turkey and deer during the fall hunting seasons.

Bump is survived by four children, Richard and his companion, Becky Gibbons; Peter, his wife, Terry, and their children, Kendall, Jamie and her husband, Dante, and Angela; Michael and his wife, Ramona, and their children, Jeremy, Joe, Tim and his wife, Amy, and their son, Tucker; and Sherry Macleod and her husband, Scott, and their children, Shawn and Travis, and his wife, Stephanie, and their child, Deaglan; a sister, Betty Sanborn, and her husband, Brownie; a sister-in-law, Mildred Good, and her husband, Reb, of Presque Isle, and their children, Rem and Kim; and special family members Susie Carter Bowden, Jolene Frazier and Joan Brown.

The family would like to give special thanks to Kim Lavway. Without her help, Bump could not have stayed at home these last few months. Also, a very special thanks to Dr. James Delahanty, who was always there to support Wilbur and the family. The family also appreciates the wonderful support of Waldo County Home Health & Hospice and Kathy Warner during his last two weeks.

Family and friends are invited to a celebration of his life at the Stonecrest in Waldo Saturday, May 8, from 1-3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Waldo County Home Health & Hospice, 119 Northport Ave., Belfast, ME 04915 or your favorite charity.

Arrangements are with Young Funeral Home, 31 West Main St., Searsport.