Edgar L. Marston
RUMFORD -- Edgar L. Marston, 88, of Peru, died on Apr. 11, 2013 at Rumford Hospital.
He was born April 27, 1924 in South Paris, the son of Leo and Emmaline (Harding) Marston. He was raised by Emmaline and Moses Bachelder Sr. He attended one-room schools and graduated from Stratton High School as valedictorian in 1942.
In 1943, he was drafted into the army as one of the first teenagers from Franklin Country. During WWII, he served in the South Pacific in the 6th Army, 594th Engineer’s Boat and Shore Regiment COB, under General McArthur. After the war, he served in Japan occupational forces for a short time and was discharged from the Army in 1946.
He married Irene Taylor at the Rangeley Baptist Church on November 10, 1946. They lived in Eustis for about 4.5 years before moving to Peru, where they made their home. He was a devoted husband and father. He worked in wood turning mills in Stratton and Dixfield. He enjoyed raising his family and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In his free time, he enjoyed wood working and fishing.
He accepted the Lord Jesus in 1955 and attended the Peru Baptist Church where he was a Sunday school teacher. He transferred to Mexico Baptist Church where he was on the board of trustees and Christian Board of Education. Then he transferred back to Peru Baptist Church where he again was a Sunday school teacher until 2012.
Survivors include siblings, Dorothea (Bachelder) Tyler and Lewis Bachelder; two sons, Joseph, and his wife, Laura of Wilton and Bruce and his wife, Susie of Auburn; six grandchildren, Ed Marston, Dorothy (Marston) Kinchen and her husband, Douglass Kinchen, Peter Marston, Isaac Marston, Thomas Marston and Elsie Marston; two great-grandchildren, Emily and Kaleb Kinchen.
He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Irene; his siblings, Catherine (Marston) Edwards, Earle Marston, Jennie (Marston) Chamberline, Moses Bachelder, Jr., Olive (Marston) St. Onge, and Mildred (Marston) Herrick.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Peru Baptist Church, 98 Main St., Peru, ME 04290, with Pastor Shepard Swain officiating. Interment with military honors will be held a 1 p.m. Thursday in the chapel at the Maine Veterans Cemetery, Mt. Vernon Rd., Augusta. Gifts may be given in Edgar’s memory to the Sunday School program at the Peru Baptist Church.