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Dwight Wendell Rideout
By Ken Anderson
Jun 30, 2003 - 4:10:00 PM

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MILLINOCKET -- Dwight Wendell Rideout, 16, died Wednesday, June 25, 2003, while hiking with a friend in Baxter State Park. Dwight, the beloved son of Laurie J. Osgood and Richard W. Rideout, was born in Millinocket on November 29, 1986.

Dwight was his father's best friend and his mothers "Steady Eddie." He was the beloved brother of Jessica, Sarah, Andrew, and Timmy. Recently, Dwight and his family had the pleasure of attending Jessica's graduation from the University of Connecticut Law School. He participated with his sister Sarah in Jazz Band and Concert Band at Stearns High School. Dwight enjoyed coaching and refereeing with his father, mother, and younger brothers on the Bull's basketball team for the Junior Pro League of Millinocket.

He was a junior class member of Stearns High School, a newly inducted member of the National Honor Society, Math Team member, and Stearns High School Jazz Band bass player. He participated in basketball and baseball at many levels. Dwight was a member of the Stearns Tennis Team, where he received honorable mention for his participation in that sport.

He enjoyed many school activities. He strived to excel in all that he did, and would quietly work to improve. Dwight had his own standards to meet. He loved music, sports, and spending time with family and friends. He enjoyed playing pool, bowling, and competitive games of badminton and basketball. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially boating with his family, fishing, and snowsledding. He loved to visit Uncle Bob at Silver Lake.

He was a former Bangor Daily newspaper carrier, and was employed at Rideout's Market. He enjoyed playing jazz gigs with his friend Brian Raymond. In May, these boys played to great reviews for the Bangor Rotary Club.

Dwight is survived by his parents, Richard and Laurie of Millinocket; siblings, Jessica of Houston, Texas, Sarah, Andrew, and Timmy, all of Millinocket; his grandmothers, Virginia Rideout of Millinocket and Jean Osgood of East Millinocket; his uncles and aunts, Gary and Gail Rideout, Tom and Sharon Rideout, all of Millinocket, Daniel and Maryann Rideout of Medway, Rebecca and Rupert Lewis of Portland; cousins, Jason, Aaron, Jeremy, and Melissa Rideout, Daniel, Nathan, and Olivia Lewis; and many special great-uncles and great-aunts with whom he was close. He enjoyed many friendships with people of all ages. His special friends are Aaron, Brian, Joey, James, Susan and Sarah, Laura and Casey. He enjoyed many friendships with teachers, coaches, and his peers at Stearns High School. He was predeceased by his grandfathers, Eugene Rideout and Dwight Osgood, and his special aunt, Theo Osgood.

Friends may call at R. L. Bouchard Funeral Home, 11 Tamarack Street, Millinocket, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday, June 30, 2003. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. at St. Martins of Tours Church. If friends wish, gifts in Dwight's memory may be made to Stearns Music Boosters. For online register book, please visit

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