David Arthur Bidwell
A graveside service with military honors is scheduled for David Arthur Bidwell, 81, of Roswell, at 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at South Park Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday, April 21, 2013, from 12 to 8 p.m., and Monday, April 22, 2013, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home. David passed away on Thursday, April 18, 2013.
David was born Dec. 31, 1931, in West Suffield, Conn. He served in the Army for 20 years and 15 days as a nurse.
He loved cleaning his greenware and cooking fudge. He was a life-long hunter and fisherman, and an avid snow skier. His part-time job in high school was serving as a downhill ski patrol member in the Lake Winnepasaukee, N.H., region. He loved to scuba dive, had achieved Master Diver certification, and had dived off the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. He developed a strong golf game, and was very proud of the hole-in-one he made. He was an avid bowler. Later in life, he and a buddy enjoyed panning for gold in the local mountains, and he had been planning a dream trip to Alaska to pan those mountains.
He served his country loyally for many years before the Vietnam War started. He spent more than a year in Vietnam as a medic, jumping out of helicopters and treating the wounded on the field of battle. After his military service, he completed a master’s degree in psychology, and worked several more years as drug and alcohol counselor at the Huntsville Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. He was a gentle soul, loved the simple things in life — good friends, family, the outdoors, good food and coffee. His soul fought hard to stay among us, but his body gave out. He will be sorely missed. We feel blessed to have had him in our life.
He is survived by his loving wife Jacqueline, of the home; one daughter Linda Bidwell Petschow and her husband Bryon and their two sons, Thomas (Tommy) Elliott Wolgamott II and Matthew Burke Wolgamott, of Youngsville, N.C.; stepdaughters, Debra Kulig, of Bettendorf, Iowa, Rebecca Imming, of Moline, Ill., Lori and Jerry Sisneros, of Roswell, and Barbara Hall, of Probe, Utah; stepsons, Danny Kerns, of St. Joseph, Mo., and Dennis Kerns and wife Margaret Trujillo, of Rio Rancho; his brother-in-law Joseph Sullivan; grandchildren, Mathew Shepard and wife Jesica, Amanda and Roger McDonald, of Indianapolis, and Loni and Gilbert Mora, of Indianapolis, Tyler Kulig and his wife Carman, Trenton Kulig, Lindsy Kulig, Ashley Immings, Josh Kerns, Denise Kerns, Karen Lanser and her husband Brian, Ashley and Justin; and 19 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents David F. and Eloise (Johnstone) Bidwell; his daughter Marilyn Bidwell; his sisters, Helen Sullivan and Judy Ann Larrivee; and his brother Robert Bidwell.
Pallbearers are Scott Neff, Ralph Kaler, Robert Sparks, Denis Kerns, Mathew Shepard and Jerry Sisneros.
Honorary pallbearer is Bryon Petschow.
Memorial to follow service at Roswell Adult Center at 1 p.m.
Please take a moment to share your thoughts and memories with the family in the online registry at andersonbethany.com.
Services are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.