Melvin R. Bradeen

December 16, 1925 - January 24, 2016

U.S. Veteran

Service Date:

A Graveside Service will be held later in the spring with his fellow Masons and the US Navy military honors team at Pine Grove North, North Waterboro.

Melvin (Mel) R. Bradeen, 90, a longtime resident of Waterboro, died peacefully at his daughter’s home in Gorham on January 24, 2016.

Melvin was born on December 16, 1925 in Waterboro the only child of Russell N. and Gladys E. (Mooers) Bradeen. Melvin attended local schools in Waterboro and like so many young men of his generation, He left school and enlisted during World War II into the U.S. Navy; serving from 1943 – 1946. Many years later, Melvin and the other young men from his class received their high school diplomas.

Melvin was a longtime logger who loved being out in the woods. He also worked as a truck driver for Hunnewell Trucking, as a welder for Maine Rubber and retired from the Baker Company in Sanford. Melvin was never afraid of hard work and was very proud to provide for his family.

Melvin was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping. He belonged to “The Biggest Buck Club” in the State of Maine and the “One that didn’t get away Club.” He possessed a great sense of humor and his “belly laughs” would bring a smile to your face! He loved to tell stories of his younger years and never missed a chance to go fishing with his family or buddies. Melvin was a fellow Mason for over 50 years with the Arion Lodge # 162, in Goodwin Mills.

Melvin will be remembered for being devoted to his family and community. He had a rich and full life. He has now entered into eternal rest and will be dearly missed.

He is lovingly survived by his four children, Melvina Desrochers of Lebanon; Rodney Bradeen of Waterboro; Cynthia Reynolds of Vassalboro and Jane Wallace of Gorham; his seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife, Brenda A. Bradeen in 1983.

A Graveside service with his fellow brethren from the Arion Lodge # 162 and the US Navy military honor team will be held later in the spring at Pine Grove North Cemetery, in North Waterboro.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made for Parkinson’s Research, The Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagertown, MD 21741.

The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.

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