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“Donn Fendler was a big inspiration in my life since I first read Lost on a Mountain in Maine in about 1956. I read it many, many times after that,...Read More »
1 of 30 | Posted by: Stan Keach - Rome, ME - friend

“To the family of Donn Fendler, I never knew him in person or have visited the site of his happenings during 1939. But I have read his book about...Read More »
2 of 30 | Posted by: Alan Leake - Bennington, VT

“As a Maine teacher, I have read "Lost on a Mountain in Maine" to my students every year for the past 38 years. I have meet Donn twice. His courageous...Read More »
3 of 30 | Posted by: Timothy Barlow - Ellsworth, ME

“Dear Fendler family, I am sorry for your loss. I hope that you are ok. I am a big fan of Donn Fendler's book Lost On a Mountain in Maine. I bet...Read More »
4 of 30 | Posted by: A friend

I had this made up a couple of weeks ago to present to Donn when he was planning on visiting my classroom this coming Friday.
5 of 30 | Posted by: Helen Williams

“I was a year and a half older than Donn, growing up in Falmouth Maine, so well remember the headlines, which gradually decreased as it became...Read More »
6 of 30 | Posted by: Dick Dreselly - Topsham, ME

Donn received an award from the University of Southern Maine for his contribution to Maine Children's Literature. “Donn was an incredible man who inspired generations of Maine children and teachers with his story and his wonderful talks. Thank you to his family...Read More »
7 of 30 | Posted by: John Thurlow - Pine Point, ME

“Rest in Peace ”
8 of 30 | Posted by: Scott Chamberland - St.Agatha, ME

“The Maine State Society of Washington, DC is broken hearted with the passing of Donn Fendler. He was scheduled to be with us in Washington on...Read More »
9 of 30 | Posted by: Janet Bouchard - Milford, DE

“We have been reading Donn Fendler's book, Lost on a Mountain in Maine for over twenty years. Every year we read his book, my students and I write...Read More »
10 of 30 | Posted by: Jeanne Caron - North Andover, MA

Donn talks to children at the Cole Museum
11 of 30 | Posted by: Jim Neville

“Oh, my dear Donn, I miss you so much. It has been a wonderful time through the years seeing you practically every day from May to the end of October....Read More »
12 of 30 | Posted by: Cindy Berry - Kenduskeag, ME

“To the Family of Donn Fendler- Deepest condolences to all Thank you Donn for your gift of caring and compassion for the people of the great State of...Read More »
13 of 30 | Posted by: A friend

“May the angels that led you from the Maine wilderness, guide you into Heaven! ”
14 of 30 | Posted by: Lancy Bradshaw - Pittsfield, ME

“My sympathy to Donn's family. I am so glad I got to meet him a few years ago.He lived an outstanding life. May he rest in peace. ”
15 of 30 | Posted by: Jo Godin - Dover, TN

Sgt. Dershimer, and one of his dogs, with Donn and his family “I am saddened at the passing of LTC Donn Fendler. In 1939, my uncle, Sgt. Jerauld Dershimer of Troop K, NY State Police, responded to Mt. Katahdin,...Read More »
16 of 30 | Posted by: John Burtis - Derry, NH

“We are so sorry to hear of Donn passing away. I have pictures of him with my son that he autographed . Such a nice gentle soul who impacted many...Read More »
17 of 30 | Posted by: Penny Haslett - Oxford, ME

Donn enjoying fishing on First Roach Pond, with Wayne “We were always familiar with Donn's story from remembrances from my mother and grandmother, who lived through that awful week, listening to the radio...Read More »
18 of 30 | Posted by: Barbara Plummer - Kokadjo, ME

Donn fishing First Roach Pond
19 of 30 | Posted by: Wayne and Barbara Plummer

“I commanded a company in LTC Fendler's battalion at Ft. Campbell 45 years ago. He was a good commander, a good man, and a true soldier in every sense...Read More »
20 of 30 | Posted by: Mike Flack - Lexington, SC

“DOL ”
21 of 30 | Posted by: Pa Co - Ind, PA

“I never had the pleasure of meeting Donn but his story was a big part of my life. When we hiked Katahdin Donn's story was never far from our thoughts...Read More »
22 of 30 | Posted by: Dianne Bouford - Augusta, ME

“He will be missed dearly ”
23 of 30 | Posted by: Victoria Cohen - Fairfield, ME

“Sorry for the families loss! He gave a lot to the children of Maine. May he rest in peace! ”
24 of 30 | Posted by: Chrustopher Gardner - Bangor, ME

“A Bright Spot in our world has gone, but never forgotten. With Deepest Sympathy to the...Read More »
25 of 30 | Posted by: Barbara Gipson - Gardiner, ME

Donn at Books in Boothbay-7/9/16 “Hugs to the family. Donn was a gift to me, to the whole state of Maine. Shall miss him more than words can say. ”
26 of 30 | Posted by: Lynn Plourde - Winthrop, ME

27 of 30 | Posted by: Donna Vail - Jamestown, NC

“Deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Don Fendler. He was planning his annual return to Clarksville from Maine in the coming week. Several of us...Read More »
28 of 30 | Posted by: Nestor Iglesias - Clarksville, TN

“He will be.missed by all of us on Barrows Point ”
29 of 30 | Posted by: Wayne and Carol Whitaker - ME

“I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Fendler, his family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers. I am a retired teacher from Philadelphia,...Read More »
30 of 30 | Posted by: Mary Balasa - Philadelphia, PA

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Donn was born on August 29, 1926 and passed away on Monday, October 10, 2016.

Donn was a resident of Stewart at the time of passing.

He attended Iona Prep School, New Rochelle, N.Y. and Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, Maine. He graduated from New Hampton Prep School in New Hampton, N.H., and also from Benedictine College in Atchison, KS and from the Command and General Staff College in Leavenworth, KS.

He then served with the U.S. Army for 28 years serving in Germany, Vietnam (two tours) and Korea. H.

Donn was married to Maryrose K. Fendler.

Visitation will be from 3-5:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at McReynolds-Nave & Larson Funeral Home. Reading of the Rosary will be held at 5:30 p.m.
A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, October 17, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 709 Franklin Street, Clarksville, TN 37040, with Father Emmanuel Dirichukwu officiating. Visitation

When Sunday, October 16th, 2016, 3:00pm - 5:30pm
LocationMcReynolds-Nave & Larson Funeral Home
Address 1209 Madison St.
Clarksville, TN
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Service Information

When Monday, October 17th, 2016, 11:00am
LocationImmaculate Conception Catholic Church
Address 709 Franklin St.
Clarksville, TN
Map & Directions
Service Extra Info Rosary 5:30 p.m. Sunday, October 16, 2016
Interment Information

LocationGreenwood Cemetery
Address Greenwood Ave.
Clarksville, TN
Map & Directions.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial may be made to the Newport Cultural Center, Main Street, Newport, ME 04953 (phone: 207-368-5747); the Pittsfield Library, Main Street, Pittsfield, ME (phone: 207-487-5880), or the Cole Land Museum, 405 Perry Lane, Bangor, ME 04401 (phone: 207-990-3600, ext. 13).