Kenyon S. Bartlett, 91: An avid boater, fisherman and square dancer

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SOUTH PORTLAND — Kenyon S. Bartlett, 91, died Dec. 19.

Born in Lewiston, he was a son of Carl Eractus and Erma Elmina Rand Bartlett. Educated in South Portland schools, he graduated in 1939, later attending the Wentworth Institute, graduating in 1942.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Air Force as an airplane mechanic and flight engineer.

While living in South Portland he was a member of the First Congregational Church and was active with the Boy Scouts of America.

For 35 years he worked as a tool maker with the Chaplen Corporation and Tenneco Packaging.

When not working, Bartlett was a creative and busy man, building and flying model airplanes. Throughout his adult life, he was an avid boater and fisherman, expanding this love into his basement workshop where he built two boats from scratch.

His later hobbies included square dancing and round dancing with his wife; they were members of the Sunset Squares for 22 years. He was also a member of Elks in Portland for 25 years.

Surviving Bartlett is his wife of 65 years, Marjorie A. Cressey Bartlett; four children, Sally A. Flynn and her husband Daniel of Harrison, Jeffrey S. Bartlett and his wife Andrea of Freeport, Robert Bartlett and his wife Cheryl of South Portland, and Joanne Morton of Westbrook; sister Elaine Van Dyke of Iowa; eight grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bartlett’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 170 U.S. Route 1, Suite 250, Falmouth, ME 04105.

Visiting hours were held Dec. 22 followed by a funeral service at Hobbs Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Forest City Cemetery in South Portland.

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