BINGHAM - Frank D. Hunnewell Sr., 93, left on Feb. 2, 2014, for a special fishing trip.
He was born in Moscow on June 21, 1920, with his twin sister, Laura A., to Dana E. and Ethel (Clark) Hunnewell.
He and his sister would travel by horse and carriage to room and board in Bingham to go to school at the Washington School in Moscow, which is now the Town Hall. Then they would travel home for the weekend. On Dec. 10, 1941, he enlisted into the Army Air Corps and was stationed in Norwich, England, with the 8th Air Corps as an MP. He earned a silver and bronze service star and a good conduct medal. On Sept. 29, 1945, he was honorably discharged.
He came home to help his father cut white birch and shank for shoes, and helped his Uncle Lanson hay in Caratunk, where he met Charline M. Burns. They were married Aug. 11, 1948, and together they raised four children. Frank then worked for 26 years at the Quimby Veneer mill in Bingham until the mill closed. Then he worked for the town of Bingham until Charline took sick, and he retired to help take care of her.
Frank enjoyed going back to his birthplace in Moscow, planting a garden, cutting firewood, making maple syrup, picking berries and checking his traps. If he wasn't at the farm, he was fishing at Decker Brook or East Carry Pond. He also enjoyed reading anything about the outdoors and history, along with sitting on his porch, enjoying the sun.
He belonged to American Legion Post 99, the Carrabassett Valley Trappers Club and the Maine Trapping Association.
He was predeceased by his wife, Charline, on May 26, 2006; a son, John, on March 5, 2004; a grandson, Donovan Wyman, June 9, 2011; his twin sister, Laura, Sept. 17, 2013; and his dog, Lucky.
He is survived by his children Frank Hunnewell Jr. and his wife, Donna, of Moscow, Barbara Essency and her husband, Paul, of Skowhegan, and James Hunnewell and his wife, Peggy, of Ocala, Fla.; daughter-in-law Karen Hunnewell, of Moscow; a very special nephew, Robert Morrison, and his family, of Norridgewock; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; also special friends Ronald Ingersoll Sr., Robert Cates, Leola Rollins, Nancy Staples and Jeff McAllister.
Memorial donations can to made to Bingham Senior Citizens, c/o Pat Blackstone, 424 Rowe Pond Road, Pleasant Ridge Plantation, ME 04920; or to Carrabassett Valley Trappers Club, c/o Gerard LeBeau, P.O. Box 98, North Anson, ME 04958. A graveside service will be held later in the spring at Robinson Cemetery in Moscow, with the date and time to be announced. Arrangements are under the care of Giberson Funeral Home, 18 River St., Bingham.