Kenyon S. Bartlett

SOUTH PORTLAND — Kenyon S. Bartlett, 91, of South Portland, passed away Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, at a Portland Hospital.

Mr. Bartlett was born in Lewiston, the son of Carl Eractus and Erma Elmina Rand Bartlett. He was educated in the South Portland schools and graduated in 1939. He also graduated from Wentworth Institute in 1942.

During World War II he served in the United States Air Force as an airplane mechanic and flight engineer.

While living in South Portland he was a member of the First Congregational Church and was active with the Boy Scouts of America. For 35 years he was a toolmaker with the Chaplen Corporation and also Tenneco Packaging.

When not working to support his family, Mr. Bartlett was a creative and busy man. He built and flew model airplanes when his children were young, sharing that passion with them. He was a boater and fisherman throughout his adult life, expanding that interest into his basement workshop where he built two professional quality boats from scratch.
His later hobbies included square dancing, and round dancing with his wife. They were members of the Sunset Squares for 22 years. He was also a member of Elks in Portland for 25 years.

Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Marjorie A. Cressey Bartlett of South Portland; four children, Sally A. Flynn of Harrison, Jeffrey S. Bartlett of Freeport, Robert Bartlett of South Portland and Joanne Morton of Westbrook; a sister, Elaine Van Dyke of Iowa; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held from 12 to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 22, with a funeral to follow at 1 p.m., at the Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland. Interment will follow at Forest City Cemetery in South Portland.

Online condolences may be expressed at

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to:
The Alzheimer’s Association, 170 U.S. Route 1, Suite 250, Falmouth, ME 04105.

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