Sherman J. Bidwell, 72, Carthage

CARTHAGE, NY — Sherman J. Bidwell, 72, of Carthage, NY, passed away Saturday, July 14, surrounded by his loving family after his courageous battle with cancer.

Born June 25, 1946, in Watertown, a son of the late Arthur and Anna Bidwell of Watertown, NY, he graduated with his associate’s degree from Jefferson Community College and then entered the service. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1963 to 1970.

Sherman served two tours in Vietnam for which he earned the Purple Heart. He also earned the Vietnamese Service Medal w/ Bronze Stars, the Vietnamese Campaign Medal w/ device, and the National Defense Service Medal while serving.

After 35 dedicated years at Fort Drum, Sherman retired in 2010 and pursued his love of hunting, traveling, playing bingo, and going to car shows with his 1969 Thunderbird.

Sherman is survived by his wife of 49 years: Evelyn (Schafer) Bidwell; three daughters: Tina (Tim) Lannigan, Tammy (David) Sader, Amy Bidwell; four sons: Butch Greenfield (significant other Trudi MacBride), Timothy (Shelly) Greenfield, Ricky Bidwell, Richard (Angie) Greenfield; three brothers: Warren (Dolly) Bidwell, Eddie (Vicky) Bidwell, Lee (Norma) Bidwell; and two sisters: Sylvia (Doug) McIntyre, Carol Brown (significant other Harold Rounds). He is also survived by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Sherman was predeceased by a son, Brian Bidwell, and two brother in-laws, Bob Brown and Larry Lacey.

The funeral service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Watertown. Burial with military honors will follow the service in Brownville Cemetery. Calling hours will precede the service at the funeral home beginning at noon.

The family would like to recognize the staff of both Hospice of Lewis County and Samaritan Medical Center for their exemplary care of Sherman.

Donations may be made in his name to Lewis County Hospice, 7785 North State Street, Lowville, NY 13367.

Arrangements are with Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Inc.

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