Gary R. Sandell, 61

FAYETTE — Gary R. Sandell, 61, died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 after a long period of declining health.

He was born Dec. 3, 1953 in Honolulu, Oahu, T.H., a son of Ormond H. and Doris M. Sandell (Waterhouse). He attended classes while living on various naval bases, graduated from Portland High School, and attended the University of Southern Maine and Anderson Business College.

Mr. Sandell was employed by the State of Maine at Pineland, and with its closing, transferred to the Augusta offices as a reimbursement specialist. He more recently worked for the Maine Turnpike Authority. His lifelong love for books led to an extensive association with Bookland. His other interests included Egyptian archeology, animal welfare and gardening. He was a member of the Sierra Club.

Surviving are his mother of Raymond; his partner Kenneth Town of Fayette; a sister Darla S. Jarvis (William) of New Hampshire; and a niece.

He was predeceased by his father on March 14, 1991; and by his brother, Brian R. Sandell on Jan. 29, 2002.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 11 a.m. at Hunt’s Corner Cemetery in Albany Township. Arrangements are under the care of Oxford Hills Funeral Services, 1037 Main Street, Oxford. Online condolences may be shared with his family at

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Kennebec Valley Humane Society, 10 Pethaven Lane, Augusta, ME 04330.

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