STAFFORD SPRINGS, Conn. – Meylan “Bill” Marden Sr., 91, husband of the late Freda (Thibodeau) Marden, passed away Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010. He was born in Winterport, son of the late Leroy and Lois (Young) Marden. Bill was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served in World War II and the Korean War. Before retiring Bill worked as a heavy equipment operator for Kessler Construction Co. He spent two years in Saudi Arabia and Israel. He loved to garden, hunt, fish, snowmobile, play cards with friends, go to the casino and play bingo, and he spent long hours reading and watching birds. His John Deere tractor was his pride and joy. Bill belonged to Second Congregational Church of West Stafford, Operating Engineers Local 478 and Italian Benefit Society, was a former member of the Masonic Lodge and two snowmobile clubs in Maine, and was a lifelong member of Strazza, Tonoli Emhoff Post No. 26 American Legion and National Rifle Association. He is survived by six children, Victor Marden and his wife, Beverly, of Gales Ferry, Conn., Wilbur Marden and his partner, Patti Forbes, of Harrington, Marie “Lana” Kology, Aloma Clark and her husband, Bruce, Meylan “Lanny” Marden and Joseph Marden, all of Stafford Springs, Conn.; 18 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, several great-great-grandchildren; two special cousins, Agnes Whitaker and Nellie Clauson of Bangor; a stepsister, Joan Walker; and two very special friends, Laura Panceria and Sophie Wargo. He was predeceased by a sister, Unona; two brothers, Ellerson and Oscar; a daughter, Annette; two grandsons, Ralph and Dale Marden; and a daughter-in-law, Kathleen Marden. A church service will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, at Second Congregational Church of West Stafford, 199 West Stafford Road, Stafford Springs, Conn., with a gathering afterward at American Legion Post No. 26, 10 Monson Road, Stafford Springs, Conn. Burial will be held at the family’s convenience at West Stafford Cemetery, Stafford Springs, Conn. At Bill’s request, there will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Legion Post No. 26, 10 Monson Road, Stafford Springs, CT 06076; Stafford Ambulance Association, 11 Monson Road, Stafford Springs, CT 06076; West Stafford Fire Department, 144 West Stafford Road, Stafford Springs, CT 06076 or Second Congregational Church of West Stafford, 199 West Stafford Road, Stafford Springs, CT 06076. Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, Conn., has care of the arrangements. For online condolences, please visit www.introvignefuneralhome.com.