LINCOLNVILLE — Daniel Lester Pendleton, 84, passed away quietly and peacefully Oct. 15, 2021, in Rockport, now reunited with many loved ones, no longer in pain or distress.  He was born July 17, 1937, in Lincolnville Center, the son of Lester and Laura (Hall) Pendleton, the third down from 13 siblings.

He was predeceased by his parents and brothers Virgil, Kenneth and Curtis, and sister, Virginia Dyer.

Daniel was married to Marilyn M. (Green) Pendleton for 57 years. He was dad to Katherine “Kitty” M. Carpenter and husband Steven of Gray; grandson Jason and wife Lucy; great-grandsons, Gabriel, Zackery and Marco of Virginia. He also has a daughter, Bethany and husband, Philip “Rusty” Black; grandson, Kyle Black and partner, Erica Leach; two great-grandsons, Jonathan and Kolton, and a brother due Dec. 27, all of Belmont; daughter, Tamber and husband, Roland Faunce of Cape Jellison; granddaughter, Tianna and husband, George Vincent “Vinny” Greene; great-grandchildren, Adalie, Anderson, Amya and brother, due in February 2022, all of Rutland, Vt.; grandson, R.F. “Rocky” Faunce IV and wife, Mariah, and great-grandson Axel Faunce, of Corinth; son, Corey J. Pendleton Sr. and partner, Angii Turner, of Northport; granddaughters, Ashlee Ives and husband, Douglas; great-granddaughter, Kynsley and Kylee of Navarre, Fla.; granddaughter, Aleesha of Liberty, and grandson, Corey Jason Pendleton II of Morrill.

Daniel is also survived by brothers Clifford of Alabama, Wayne of Camden, Warren and Lyndon of Lincolnville and Jerry of Vermont, as well as sisters Loretta Frontin and Lucinda Carpenter, both of North Carolina, and Anna Fields of Lincolnville.

Daniel graduated in 1956, and for the past 27 years, each month went to lunch with his classmates, which was important to him. I believe Lawrence Nash never missed a luncheon. He, along with Allison Gibbs, built VW dune buggies, along with Jim Alders and Eric. We would load them up and head to Moosehead areas, camping and exploring the woods — usually a muddy, good time had by all. Moose hunting with his siblings were happy times. He enjoyed feeding and watching birds.

He loved his dogs, Lolly, a yellow Lab, and Spunky, a small white poodle. He also enjoyed and made Spunky, and our white cat, Mr. Snowman — about the same size — jealous — not on purpose — but they both knew they were loved and wanted to be in his lap. Imagine that of Daniel; he did love animals. We had cows, sheep and goats that we enjoyed, hens and roosters, ducks and a horse, a Palomino named Amigo.  Bethany broke him in when she was 10. We raised a Holstein bull that was taller than Daniel, named Bull Diamond, and he dressed 911 pounds.

There is so much I could write about.  His love for Jesus — which he didn’t always show. He enjoyed going to church. He would never touch his meal until the blessing was said. After every meal, he told me thank you. He prayed for me and our children. His favorite sandwich was peanut butter and jelly.

Daniel was a jack-of-all-trades kind of person. He was a very hard worker, and everything he did had to be right. He often mentioned he only had three jobs, which he began while in high school. He worked for Lawrence Brown at Knox Lumber on Conway Road for six years, Camden Farmers Union delivering grain, often carrying two 100-pound bags at a time. He also delivered oil and worked in the store.

During that time we built our house without electricity, then got a generator. We soon filled our home with our children. Then he went to work at St. Regis Paper Mill in Bucksport, where he spent 34 1/2  years. A long drive each day, but he liked his jobs there, and connected with all his fellow workers.

He enjoyed his 1951 black Tudor Ford. We belonged to the Highway Legions Antique Cars Club for many years. Friday nights at Reny’s car show was a highlight each week. We also went on many day trips.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 30, at 11 a.m. at Faith Temple Church, 189 Lincolnville Ave., Belfast.  Memories and condolences may be shared at ripostafh.com.

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