MARS HILL – Robert Wilmont Alexander, 84, went to be with his Lord Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at a Bangor hospital. He was born May 18, 1924, in Mars Hill, son of Harold and Gladys (Brown) Alexander. He graduated from Aroostook Central Institute, Class of 1941. He joined the Air Force in 1944 and was stationed in Texas, where he worked on P51’s and P38’s. He also attended East Coast Aero Tech Academy in Massachusetts, and obtained his pilot’s license after he returned home with more training locally. Upon his return home he went into farming with his father on the family farm. He married Betty Lou Plummer, Dec. 16, 1946, and was married for 57 years at the time of her death in 2004. He later worked for P.T. Tavilla and Cole’s Trucking, was self-employed as a T.V. repairman and upon his retirement in 1991, he was employed by the state of Maine as a tower watchman for the forestry department and a dispatcher for the Department of Transportation. He was an honorary member of Mars Hill FFA and he looked forward to attending the Annual Banquet every year. He was an active member of First Free Baptist Church of Blaine and was the advisor of the Sound Room for several years. He enjoyed hunting with his five sons, going to John’s camp, and in 2003, at the age of 80, he shot his first moose. He enjoyed the Christmas Eve gatherings with family and loved everything about the outdoors, especially when he could whip up a good partridge stew. He was a great cook and thoroughly enjoyed his own cooking. He had many wonderful memories of going on the four-wheelers with Pastor and Maurice – they got into more than one messy or should we say “muddy” situations. He is survived by seven children, Robert and his wife, Kristi, of Ellsworth, James and his wife, Debbie, of Old Town, Stephen and his wife, Carla, of Hampden, Kathy Miller and her husband, Max, Tim, Cindy Lovely and her husband, Jim, all of Mars Hill and John and his wife, Debbie, of Presque Isle; 16 grandchildren, Stephanie and her husband, Doug, of Bangor, Mary Ann and her husband, Bruce Jack, Brett and his wife, Jenn, all of Ellsworth, Jason of Old Town, Jaime and her husband, Robby Tardiff, of Mapleton, Adam and his wife, Amy, of Hermon, Janell and her husband, Chip Wood, of Levant, Tammy and her fianc?, Mike Powell, of Virginia, Teena and her husband, Lendell Buckingham, of Garfield, Tonya, Sarah and Cody, all of Mars Hill, John and his wife, Rockie, of Tennessee, Ben of Fort Campbell, Ky., Jamie and her husband, Charlie McCarthy, of Connecticut and Elizabeth and her husband, Dave DePauw, of Indiana; 26 great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Rachel, Alexander, Michael, Emily, Wyatt, Kelsie, Kaylie, Hunter, Austin, Nathaniel, Walter, Jacqueline, Madicine, Abigail, Tristan, Ryan, Heaven, Meagan, Allison, Kayden, Kamron, Sadie, Grace, Bailey and Lydia; brother-in-law, Luther Smith of Brewer; sister-in-law, Nancy and her husband, Roger Durepo, of Winter Haven, Fla.; niece, Andrea; and nephews, Ronnie Durepo, David and Douglas Smith. He will be greatly missed by the residents of Orser Street Apartments. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his parents, Harold and Gladys Alexander; his sister, Helen Smith; and one grandson, Robert L. Alexander. A celebration of his life will be held 2 p.m Saturday, April 18, at First Free Baptist Church of Blaine with the Rev. Gardner Smith officiating. Friends may call noon until the time of service at the church. Interment will be at Boundary Line Cemetery, Bridgewater. Donations in his memory may be made to First Free Baptist Church Memorial Fund, care of Betty Cronkhite, P.O. Box 109, Blaine, ME 04734. Arrangements in care of Duncan Funeral Home, Mars Hill. Condolences may be expressed at www.duncan-graves.com.
ROBERT WILMONT ALEXANDER
Posted April 15, 2009, at 7:42 p.m.