NORTH ANSON – Leslie Wendall Oliver, 86, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. Per his wishes, he passed away at home with family by his side under the care of his wife of 56 years with help from hospice. He was born July 18, 1926, in North Anson, a son of Cyrus Madison and Autie Jean (Morris) Oliver.
He attended schools in North Anson. Leslie served in the U.S. Army during World War II from Nov. 3, 1944 to Nov. 19, 1946, in the European African Middle Eastern Theater and received the World War II Victory Medal WD Cir 326. He later re-enlisted and served in the U.S. Air Force until Aug. 20, 1955. On Oct. 13, 1956, he married Rose Bessey at First Congregational Church, North Anson. Leslie worked as a truck driver for North Anson Reel and Sonoco. Leslie was a longtime maple syrup maker, generously supplying family and friends. He also enjoyed camping and fishing especially at his favorite campsite, Lone Jack, which he stayed at this past spring. He enjoyed playing cards and was very hard to beat at the game “Sixty Three.” He was an avid hunter who shot a seven-point buck at the age of 75.
He is survived by his wife, Rose of North Anson; four daughters, Karen and her husband, Lowell Piper, of Embden, Sherry and her husband, Peter Rogers, of Solon, Betsy Rogers and her companion, Jerry Hamlin of Solon and Trudy and her husband, Lew Young, of North Anson; a son, Henry Chipman and his companion, Wanda Homenick, of Embden; his brother, Edwin “Gale” Oliver and his wife, Phyllis, of Madison; brothers-in-law, Vaughn Bessey and wife, Vangie, of North Anson and Warren Bessey and his wife, Shirley, of North Anson; sisters-in-law, Ann Leislie of Seward, Alaska, and Merle Rancourt of Skowhegan; eight grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews; and a close friend, Alberta Philpot of Embden. He was predeceased by his parents, Cyrus and Autie; brothers, Ernest Oliver and his wife, Libby, and Kenneth Oliver; sister, Helen Heald; and grandson, Hank Chipman.
At Leslie’s request, there will be no funeral service. Friends wishing may make donations in Leslie’s memory to Stewart Public Library, P.O. Box 177, North Anson, ME 04958 or HealthReach HomeCare & Hospice, 10 Water St., Suite 307, Waterville, ME 04901. Arrangements under the care and direction of Dan & Scott’s Cremation and Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan.