John M. Wilbur Sr.


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Sandown, NH - John M. Wilbur Sr., 91, of Sandown, N.H., died Sunday, June 9, 2019, in Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, N.H. He was born in Roxbury, Mass., on November 25, 1927, a son of the late Hiram and Rachael (MacLeod) Wilbur. He had been a resident of Sandown since 2006, formerly living in Newton, N.H., Georgia, and Byfield, Mass. John always wanted to serve others, in his boyhood and in his youth. During the Depression he quit school to help his mother and family make ends meet. He was a member of the Salvation Army, and then joined the Marines, where he served for 20 years. Before marrying his wife Katherine, he joined the Church of Christ in Franklin County, Ky. Following his retirement from the Marines, he was a fisherman with his brother-in-law, and then was employed for General Electric in Lynn, Mass. John loved being around the house and was an avid gardener.
He is survived by his son, John M. Wilbur Jr. and his wife Marie of Shippensburg, Pa.; his daughter, Dianne Cascadden and her husband Creg of Derry, N.H.; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; two sisters, Betty Taylor of Tamarac, Fla., and Audrey Wilbur of Rehoboth, Mass. He was predeceased by his wife, Katherine (Strickler) Wilbur in 2013, and his sister, Phyllis Wilbur.

A calling hour will be held on Wednesday, June 12, from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 15 Birch St., Derry. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. in the funeral home. The burial will follow in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, 185 Lake St., Peabody, MA. To send a condolence, or for more information, please visit
Published on June 11, 2019
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