TOPSHAM — Peter James Bucholdt, 65, died Feb. 4 after a courageous battle with non-hodgkins lymphoma and a cancerous brain tumor.
He was born in Rice Lake, Wis., on June 8, 1946, and was the son of Edwin Bucholdt and Carnette Bucholdt. He graduated from Minong High School in 1964 and once the hunting and fishing seasons were complete, he joined the U.S. Navy in 1965. He then served during the Vietnam War aboard the U.S.S. Roosevelt. During a break in service, Bucholdt worked for Boeing Aircraft in Washington state and White Pine Cooper Mine in the upper peninsula of Michigan. He later rejoined the U.S. Navy in April 1972 and retired from the Brunswick Naval Air Station on Feb. 29, 1988.
Bucholdt was an avid sportsman and, after retiring, he was able to enjoy the beautiful state of Maine, including a 108 day stretch tenting and fishing at an undisclosed location in northern Maine, immediately followed by an extended hunting trip. Due to his expertise in hunting, he participated in 14 moose hunting trips; on two of the trips he was the primary permitee.
His friends and family will remember his charismatic personality and his willingness to help and care for others.
He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Nancy; son, Grant Jack Bucholdt of Raymond; daughter, Melissa Emily Martin of Lisbon; grandchildren Taylor Elaine and Steven James Martin of Lisbon; brother, Carl Bucholdt; friend, Larry Dziekan of Metairie, La.; special cousin, Kari Bucholdt; Uncle Oddie and Aunt Anna Bucholdt of Iowa; sisters-in-law Jeannie Perttu of Bergland, Mich., and Shirley Strahs of Onalaska, Wis.; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and special friends.
Bucholdt’s wish was to donate his body for education and science research; this was coordinated through Science Care.
There will be a celebration of his life in June.
The family would like to thank all of his caregivers including doctors, nurses and the Marshwood Center. Memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or a charity of choice.