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WINCHENDON - Gary L. Sawtelle, 80, of 75 Hyde Park Drive, died peacefully Sunday morning, March 25, 2018 in Gardner Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
He was born in Winchendon on September 27, 1937, son of the late Lyman K. and Alice (Hager) Sawtelle and was a lifelong resident of Winchendon. In 1956, Gary graduated from Murdock High School.
Gary worked for New England Wooden Ware for many years until his retirement. In earlier years, he had worked for the State of Massachusetts Forestry Division. Gary was a volunteer fire fighter for 21 years for the Town of Winchendon. An avid outdoorsman, Gary enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, salt water fishing and shooting.
He leaves two children, Gary L. Sawtelle Jr of Rindge, NH and Robert K. Sawtelle of Rindge, NH; two grandchildren, Kevvin Sawtelle and Samantha Sawtelle; two stepchildren, Wayne M. Fletcher and Lynn W. Bailey and several cousins, nieces and nephews. A brother, Robert Kenneth Sawtelle and a sister, Peggy Sawtelle, preceded him in death. Gary had many close friends at New England Wooden Ware and at Lake Monomonac, where many close enjoyable family gatherings were held.
Graveside services will be held in the spring at a day and time to be announced in Riverside Cemetery.
There are no calling hours.
Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon is directing arrangements.