LUBEC – Francis Edward Rier, 82, died Oct. 1, 2004, at a Machias health-care facility. He was born in Leominster, Mass., Oct. 27, 1921, the son of Frank and Elizabeth (Keegan) Rier. His family returned to Maine when he was three years old. He graduated from Lubec High School in 1940. He then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1942, where he loved his work as crew chief of his plane, which he was responsible for making sure it was in one hundred percent condition at all times. He received his training in Stewart Field, West Point, and cadet school in Montgomery, Ala. Later on he was employed by American Can Co. in Lubec, for 25 years as a machinist. Babe was happy whenever he was working, and took pride in doing a job well. He was predeceased by his parents; two brothers, Gene and Paul; a sister, Marion; and grandchildren, Wayne, Kelley, and Timmy Rier, and Michael Pitkin. He leaves a wife, Roberta Rier; two children, Donna and husband, Thurston Manchester Jr., William Rier and wife, Gail; two brothers, Barney and wife, Rebecca, Raymond and wife, Pat; three sisters, Evelyn Marcinek and husband, Stanley, Patricia Rier, and Carollee Dinsmore; grandchildren, Anna Carver and husband, Fred, Alessandra and Natasha Boada, Jason and Sara Carver, Thurston Manchester III and wife, Elizabeth, and their children, Randy and Robert Starkey, Chrisann Tinker and husband, Shawn, and their children, Cassandra, Shauna and William, Debbie and Heather Dixon, Shirley, and husband, David Brown, and their children, Jenny and Debra, Michelle and husband, Michael Sawtelle and their children, Britney, Leanne, Ralph, and Michael. Babe also requested to mention a very special and dear friend, Cheryl Sawtelle. “Our home will not be the same, but Thank God, he is in his heavenly home he prayed so long for.” Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004, at the Greenlawn Cemetery, Lubec, with Pastor Gary Look, and Pastor Dale Jolotta officiating. Arrangements are in care of McClure Family Funeral Services, Lubec.