MILLINOCKET – Gerald Leon Martin, 88, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, at a Millinocket health care facility. He was born Sept. 10, 1922, in Millinocket, son of Daniel and Ruby (Miller) Martin. Gerald enlisted in the National Guard, July 10, 1940, before assignment to Company 1, 103rd Division as an infantryman. He served in the Pacific Theatre, and was discharged in September 1945 with the rank of sergeant. He remained in the National Guard for 28 years as a company commander and attained the rank of major. After the war, Gerald returned to Millinocket, where he had a lengthy career with Great Northern Paper Co., retiring in 1980. On Nov. 15, 1945, he married Emily Harnish. Gerald is survived by his children, Betty Morrison and her husband, David, of Kittery, Carol Daigle and her husband, Rodney, of Millinocket, and Christopher Martin and his wife, Martha, of Mattawamkeag; eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; stepchildren, Sheila E. Erb and her husband, Rodney, of Connellsville, Pa., James D. McGowan Jr. and his wife, Arlene, of Nashua, N.H., Daniel G. McGowan of East Millinocket, Steven W. McGowan and his wife, Theresa, of East Millinocket, Kim Marie Baron and her husband, Michael, of Millinocket, and Patrick M. McGowan and his wife, Julie, of Medway; many loving stepgrandchildren and great-stepgrandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife, Emily (Harnish) Martin; and his second wife, Bertha (McGowan) Martin. Friends are invited to visit with the family 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at Lamson Funeral Home, 11 Tamarack St., Millinocket, where funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, with Pastor Terry Given officiating. Interment with military honors will be at Millinocket Cemetery. Gifts in memory of Gerald may be sent to Katahdin Health Care Activity Group, 22 Walnut St., Millinocket, ME 04462 or Stearns Performing Arts Boosters Club, care of Stearns High School, 199 State St., Millinocket, ME 04462. Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com.
GERALD LEON MARTIN
Posted Nov. 11, 2010, at 7 p.m.