MILFORD - The Rev. Glen C. Bachelder, 86, died peacefully Oct. 10, 2011, with family by his side.
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He was born on May 19, 1925, in Manchester, the son of Charles H. and Gladys (Jones) Bachelder. He grew up in New Hampshire until the family moved to Massachusetts during his senior year of high school.
Glen served his country proudly as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
He graduated in 1954 from Boston University with a bachelor of music degree. During that time, he served several churches as organist/choir director while also working as a pipe organ builder and technician. He then received a bachelor of divinity degree from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in 1961 and was ordained into the ministry that same year.
Over the years, he pastored churches in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and New Hampshire. He served as pastor of the First Baptist Church in Milford from 1967 to 1979. Following his retirement in 1993, Glen served for many years as interim pastor at several churches throughout New England, continuing his life's work of leading people to know and love Jesus Christ as savior.
Glen was also a charter member of the Pickwick Club, a group of retired ministers from New Hampshire and Vermont who meet monthly.
Glen was predeceased by Sunnie (Valerius) Bachelder, his wife of 46 years.
He is survived by his wife, Sue Claire (Eichhorn) Bachelder; his son, Brian Bachelder and wife Goldie of Milford; daughter, Christina Medlyn and husband Edward of Milford; daughter Rebecca Tripp and husband Paul of Amherst; son Todd Bachelder and wife Marion of Boca Raton, Fla.; stepson Harry Callesis of Atlanta, Ga.; stepdaughter Jennifer Callesis of Rutland, Vt.; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandson.
SERVICES: There are no visiting hours. A memorial service will be held Friday, Oct. 21, at 10 a.m. in Milford United Methodist Church, 327 North River Road, Milford. A private burial with military honors will be in Riverside Cemetery in Milford.
Memorial donations may be made to Wycliffe Bible Translators, P.O. Box 628200, Orlando, FL 32862, World Vision, P.O. Box 70200, Tacoma, WA 98481 or Share Outreach, Inc., 1 Columbus Ave., Milford 03055.
Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm St., Milford, is handling arrangements.
For more information, go to smith-heald.com.
Published in Union Leader on Oct. 12, 2011