HOULTON – Robert “Bob” L. Glidden Sr., 83, died Feb. 16, 2010, surrounded by his loving family at a Bangor hospital after a brief illness. He was born Feb. 7, 1927, in Dover, N.H., the son of Cecil and Ina (Littlefield) Glidden. Bob graduated from Kennett High School, Conway, N.H., in 1945 and immediately joined the Army Air Corps, where he served honorably until 1947. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire, Durham, N.H., in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology. He began his distinguished career with the U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service in 1951 when he entered on duty in the Border Patrol in Texas. Later he was promoted and served as an immigration inspector in the Great Lakes region, as a supervisory inspector at Kennedy International Airport, and was promoted to officer in charge in Houlton in 1965. In 1976 he was assigned to the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany. Bob completed his immigration career as a field inspector in Washington, D.C., in 1983. After retiring he returned to Houlton, where he resumed his lifelong interest in real estate development as a real estate broker and owner of Hestia Heights Development. He was elected to the Maine Legislature in 1987. Bob was a member of the Masonic Lodge and proceeded through Scottish Rites to become a Shriner, most recently through Anah Temple, Bangor. He was a member of Houlton Elks Lodge and Island Falls Lakes Association. Throughout his life, Bob was a quietly generous man, giving what he could to those in need. Bob enjoyed fishing in all weather, golf and the Boston Red Sox. He was committed to conserving nature and preserving wildlife. He loved his camp at Pleasant Pond, sharing many happy gatherings with friends and family. He was a dog lover and was always happy with visits from family pets. Family was the center of Bob’s life. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Helen (Maguire) Glidden; and two sons, Robert L. Glidden Jr. and his wife, Pamela, of Westfield and Dwight E. Glidden and his wife, Elizabeth, of Portland. He will be greatly missed by his beloved grandchildren, Katherine M. Glidden and her fiance, Christopher Hughes, of Westbrook, Michael R. Glidden and his life partner, Bekah Taylor, of Richmond, Va., Matthew C. Glidden and his fiancee, Amanda Littlefield, of Portland and Alexis A. Glidden of Farmington; and he adored his great-grandson, Kaleb M. Glidden of Portland. He was predeceased by his son, J. Bruce Glidden. Friends may call 10 a.m. Saturday at Saint Mary of the Visitation Church, Military Street, Houlton, where a funeral service will be held 11 a.m. A reception will be afterward at the parish center. In lieu of flowers, friends may make gifts in Bob’s memory to Houlton Humane Society, care of Dunn Funeral Home, 11 Park St., Houlton, ME 04730. Online condolences may be expressed at www.dunnfuneral.com.