Jon Otto Baldvins, 90, of Winchester, passed peacefully in his sleep under the loving care of Keene Genesis Center and Hospice in the early morning hours of Friday, November 17, 2023. Mr. Baldvins was a former resident of Marlborough, Keene, and Nashua. He was born to Lura (White) and Otto Jon Baldvins (of Iceland) on September 11, 1933, in Keene, NH. He graduated from Marlborough High School, class of 1951 going on to attend the University of New Hampshire.
He was predeceased by his parents; two siblings, Lewis Baldvins and Edna McGoldrick; and former wives, Nancy (Low) Baldvins, and Claudi Baldvins. Mr. Baldvins is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Marion (Rudenfeldt) Baldvins of Winchester; his four children with Nancy Baldvins: Jon E. Baldvins and his wife Norma of Hopkins, MN, Lynn A. Baldvins of Colorado Springs, CO, David L. Baldvins and his partner Sharon Davenport of Montague, MA, and Jeffrey S. Baldvinsson and his husband Matthys van Schaik of Washington, DC. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jennifer Baldvins, Nicole Byl, Sara Baldvins, Joshua Baldvins and a great grandchild, Camden Byl. Mr. Baldvins is also survived by the children of his wife Marion: Orson W Hartwell and his wife Jana of Keene, Joyce M Perreault of North Adams, MA, Donna L Burt and her husband Thomas, of Exeter NH, Paul V Hartwell and his wife, Denise of Keene and 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
The majority of Mr. Baldvins’ career was spent as a chemist at Markem Machine Corporation. He was proud of the patents that he helped Markem to obtain for inks that are still used. He took early retirement in 1988 due to a medical disability. He also worked for Diluzio Ambulance Service as a driver and EMT on nights and weekends.
Mr. Baldvins was a skilled woodworker, carpenter, and tinkerer. He purchased a home in 1960 which needed extensive renovation. He spent many years refurbishing the house including building kitchen cabinets from an old church organ. He also built two barns and a beautiful saltbox home. In his golden years, he built a 20-ft dory with an inboard motor from scratch and designed and built many pieces of furniture. His favorite toys were his vintage 1950s Dodge Power Wagons, which you could see him occasionally driving around Winchester.
He was very community oriented leading to various service positions such as Director of New Hampshire National Ski Patrol System, volunteer firefighter for the Keene Fire Department, Cheshire County Red Cross First Aid Director, Staff Sergeant in the Army Reserves, and an active member of the United Church of Winchester. He also gave of his time to help with events for Boy Scout Troop 18 of Keene where two of his sons became Eagle Scouts. He enjoyed singing with the barbershop group, The Keene Cheshiremen Chorus.
A memorial service will be held at the United Church of Winchester on January 20th, 2024. Calling hours will begin at 10:00am at the church, followed by an 11:00am memorial service. After the service, there will be a reception at the church. A burial service will be held in the Spring. Although the family will gladly accept flowers, donations may be made to the United Church of Winchester, 99 Main St, Winchester, NH 03470. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 S. Winchester St, Swanzey, NH 03446. www.cheshirefamilyfh.com.