NEWPORT – Wendell Kenneth Braley, 84, died unexpectedly Sept. 5, 2013, at his residence. He was born July 26, 1929, in Chapman, a son of Kenneth and Eveleine (Grendell) Braley.
Wendell graduated from Newport High School, class of 1947, and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked for Lane Construction Company for 32 years. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and belonged to the Eastern Star and the Masonic Lodge in Hermon. He will be remembered by family and friends as an avid hunter and fisherman. He used to compete with Wilbur Bean each year as to who would catch the most trout. Wendell was a very hardworking, fun-loving man, but especially a very loving father and husband.
He is survived by his wife, Marie of Newport; a son, Steven and wife, Sandy Braley, of Plymouth; three daughters, Wendy and husband, Chuck Ellsworth, of Hampden, Kathie and husband, Norman Lawler, of Dixmont, and Candy and husband, Scott Kent, of Stetson; seven grandchildren, Amy, Angela, Sarah, Jayson, Carrie, Carla and Elsie; seven great-grandchildren, Meagan, Molly, Matthew, Wai Sun, Mai Ying, Parker and Selena; and many nieces and nephews. Wendell was predeceased by his first wife, Norma; a son, Carroll; a sister, Aldena Savage; and a brother, Carl.
Graveside committal services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Sawyer Cemetery, Plymouth, with Pastor Al Worden officiating. A celebration of life will be held at the Barrows-Skidgel American Legion Post in Newport following the service. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Memorial donations may be made to the Kasey Lander Memorial Fund, care of Gary Braley, Treasurer, 21 Lake Ave., Newport, ME 04953. Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com.