WASHINGTON – Peter Dow Melgard, 73, died Nov. 8, 2012, at Maine General Hospital, Augusta. He was born July 16, 1939, in Chicago, to Earl and Margaret Dow Melgard.
Pete graduated from Thomaston High School in 1957. He attended the University of Maine and University of Kentucky. He married his high school sweetheart, Mildred Young, in 1959. Together they raised their children in the Midwest. He was a plant manager for Rotation Dynamics until he retired in 2001 to Washington, Maine. He bought a 15-acre farm and raised sheep. He participated and helped his wife as a cashier for the Evening Star Grange. He was a proud and grateful member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 26 years. He was a member of Mount Olivet Masonic Lodge No. 203, Washington. He attended People’s United Methodist Church, Union. He will be sadly missed by his family and lifelong friends.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mildred May Melgard of Washington; sons, Stephen Ellis Melgard and his wife, Tracy, of St. Augustine, Fla., Richard Allan Melgard and his wife, Karen, of Milford, Ohio, and David Earl Melgard and his wife, Rachel, of New Fairfield, Conn.; daughter, Teresa Elizabeth Melgard Robinson and her partner, Kelly, of Cincinnati; brother, Stephen Christian Melgard and his wife, Mary, of Punta Gorda, Fla., and Washington; sisters, Jean Wakefield and her husband, James, of Punta Gorda, Fla., and Andrea Weltman and her husband, David, of Venice, Fla., and Cohasset, Mass.; 14 grandchildren; and beloved pet mini schnauzer, Buddy.
Friends and family are welcome to a visitation 6-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at Hall Funeral Home, 949 Main St., Waldoboro, where a Masonic service by Mount Olivet Masonic Lodge No. 203 will be held 7:30 p.m. A service to celebrate Pete’s life will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at People’s United Methodist Church, 33 Depot St., Union, with the Rev. George Hodgkins officiating. A reception will be after the service at the church. A private committal service will be held at Village Cemetery, Thomaston. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Pete’s memory to Harold Alfond Cancer Care Center, 361 Old Belgrade Road, Augusta, ME 04330 or People’s United Methodist Church, care of Lift Fund, 33 Depot St., Union, ME 04862. Arrangements are entrusted to Hall Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 949 Main St., Waldoboro. You are welcome to share your condolences with the family by visiting www.hallfuneralhomes.com.