Arthur I. Badger, Sr.
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LEBANON - Arthur I. Badger Sr., 85, of Lebanon, died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, with his family by his side.
Arthur was born in Madbury, N.H., on Nov. 9, 1927, to Charles and Hattie (Baird) Badger. He grew up in Milton, N.H., where he attended local schools.
He left school before graduating and enlisted in the Merchant Marines; he served for a short time before enlisting in the Army Air Corps, proudly serving his country during World War II.
Arthur eventually returned to school to finish his education. He received his high school diploma from Sanford Adult Education in 1981 at the age of 54.
In 1947, he married Jeannette Dionne, and together they shared 66 years of marriage.
After leaving the military, Arthur worked for a short time for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. He worked several other jobs before partnering with his son, Mark, to form Badger Builders, the general contracting company which they owned and operated together for many years, until Arthur retired at the age of 62.
Arthur enjoyed planting and tending to flower and vegetable gardens around his home. He also enjoyed going hunting and fishing with his sons and grandchildren. He made spending time with his family a priority and made it a point to attend all of his grandchildren's academic and athletic events.
He was a devoted journalist and kept detailed records of the daily events in his life from the time that he retired. Arthur and his wife were very active in the nursing home ministry and had volunteered for 11 years at the Riverside Rest Home in Dover, N.H. He had been involved in local government as a former member of the Lebanon Planning Board, the budget committee and the Lebanon Republican Committee.
He was also a member of the Milton Assembly of God Church.
He will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Arthur was predeceased by a son, Gary Badger, and by three brothers, David, Robert and Charles Badger.
Surviving are his wife, Jeannette Badger, of Lebanon; six children, Arthur "Butch" Badger, Jr., and his wife, Barbara, of Lebanon, Elaine St. Laurent, of Springvale, Mark Badger, and his wife, Debbie, of Lebanon, Jeffrey Badger, and his wife, Jeanne, of Lebanon, Kevin Badger, and his wife, Charlene, of Lebanon, and Michael Badger, and his wife, Mellissa, of Lebanon; 13 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; two sisters, Carol Gilman, and her husband, Ronald, of Lebanon, and Ruth Morris, of New Durham, N.H.; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, April 27, at the Milton Assembly of God Church at 370 White Mountain Highway in Milton, N.H.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Dr. McGuckin and his staff as well as the staff of Beacon Hospice for the care and compassion shown to Arthur and his family during his illness.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Riverside Rest Home Activities Fund, 276 County Farm Road, Dover, N.H. 03820.
Arrangements are under the direction of Black Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, Sanford-Springvale.
To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.blackfuneralhomes.com.
Published in Fosters from Apr. 25 to May 5, 2013