Edward H. Van Buren, 82: Never failed to make time for his family
BATH — Edward H. Van Buren, 82, of Bath, died March 8 at Mid Coast Hospital with his family by his side.
He was born in Bath Sept. 2, 1930, the son of Edward H. Sr. and Helen Van Buren.
He grew up living mostly with his grandparents, Daniel and Ruby Hall in Bath, and graduated from Morse High School. After graduation, he was drafted and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army.
He returned to Bath, where he married and raised a family with the love of his life, Gladys Michaud.
For over 40 years Van Buren worked as an x-ray technician at Bath Iron Works. Although a very dedicated worker, he never failed to make time for his family. He and Gladys owned a cottage on Damariscotta Lake where they would make boating get-aways as often as they could.
Van Buren had a passion for cars. He seemed to know everything about engines, and never missed a second of the NASCAR racing season. He will be sadly and passionately missed by all who loved him.
He is predeceased by his wife, Gladys; sister Beverly and daughter Jackie Jean.
He leaves behind his children, Debbie Gray and her husband, David, of Phippsburg, and Terry Dodge and his wife, Connie, of Venice, Fla.; grandchildren David E. Gray of Phippsburg, Nicole Davis and Matthew Dodge, both of Florida; brothers Donald “Bucky” Freeman and his wife, Vivian, and Richard Freeman and his wife, Sandra; a sister, Donna Gurney; and two great-grandchildren, Connor and Caitlyn.
Visiting hours will be held Saturday from 12-2 p.m. at the David E. Desmond & Son Funeral Home, 638 High St., Bath. At Van Buren's request there will be no funeral. Interment will be in the spring at Oak Grove Cemetery.