EAST MILLINOCKET and SAN ANTONIO - Surrounded by those who loved him most, Harry E. Marden, 99, a proud veteran of World War II "Tin Can Sailor" weighed anchor for the last time May 6, 2013, to join his beloved wife, family and shipmates on the far shore. He will be sorely missed. Harry was born Jan. 20, 1914, in Fairfield, the youngest child of Edwin F. Marden and the former Alice S. Brooks.
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After graduating from Lawrence High School in 1931, Harry moved to East Millinocket and worked as a machinist for Great Northern Paper Company. He was a lifelong auto and motorcycle enthusiast and continued to ride his motorcycle until the age of 85. Entering the U.S. Navy in 1942, Harry was assigned to the destroyer USS Harrison, serving in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters. He and his ship earned 11 Battle Stars at Bougainville, Tarawa, Saipan, Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima and Okinawa among other battles. April 20, 1943, while his ship was briefly in Charleston, S.C., Harry married the light of his life, Zelda Fenlason, of East Millinocket. After the war, Harry returned to East Millinocket and like so many others, built a home and started a family. He had one son, to whom Harry was and always will be the epitome of everything a good man should aspire to become. He was a member of International Association of Machinists and Nollesemic Lodge No. 205 AF & AM and attended First Congregational Church of East Millinocket. He retired in 1979 and he and Zelda traveled extensively within the United States. After Zelda's death in 2001, he divided his time between East Millinocket and living with his son's family in San Antonio. He especially enjoyed the company of his grandchildren who adored him in turn. Harry was a noted storyteller and always had people gathered around to hear about his adventures in the Navy or about growing up in "the old days."
Harry was predeceased by brother, Fred T. Marden of Millinocket; sisters, Edith Tilson of Dexter and Ethel Allen of Brewer; niece, Barbara Bean of Brewer; and nephews, Thomas Tilson of Dexter, Charles Allen of Brewer and Fred Allen of Calais. Harry is survived by son, Dr. Harry E. Marden Jr.; daughter-in-law, Dr. Rose Constantine Marden; granddaughter, Elizabeth Marden; and grandson, John E. Marden, all of San Antonio. Also surviving is niece, Alice Christianson of Brewer; and nephews, Robert Tilson of Dexter and Edwin B. Marden of Duluth, Ga.; as well as many, many great-nieces and great-nephews. Many of Zelda's nieces and nephews will also miss their beloved uncle Harry's stories, jokes and twinkling eye.
Friends are invited to visit with the family 6-8 p.m. Sunday, May 12 at Lamson Funeral Home, 11 Tamarack St., Millinocket. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Monday, May 13, at First Congregational Church of East Millinocket, 11 Maple St., East Millinocket, with the Rev. Dottie Hutch, pastor, officiating. Interment, with military honors, will be at Millinocket Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in Harry's name to US Navy Memorial and Heritage Center, www.navymemorial.org. Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com.
Lamson Funeral Home - Millinocket
11 Tamarack St.
Millinocket, ME 04462
Published in BDN Maine on May 10, 2013