LINCOLN – Gerald “Gary” Crocker, passed away peacefully on the morning of December 23, 2013 at the age of 71. Gary had valiantly struggled with respiratory problems for the last few years of his life. Gary was born September 22, 1942 in Lincoln and resided here for all of his life.
He enjoyed hunting and, in his younger days, almost always “got his deer.” Of course, he was out on Opening Day this past fall. Gary also enjoyed camping, fishing, snowmobiling, and pony-pulling and cherished the many friendships he made during these endeavors. Gary adored his children and thoroughly enjoyed the many times spent at his camp with his family and later in life he was especially thrilled to be able to enjoy his favorite spot with his two beloved granddaughters, Catie-Jo and Meghan.
Gary is survived by his two children and their families, a son, Marc Crocker and wife, Allison MacDonald Crocker and their daughter, Meghan, of Portland; a daughter, Catherine Wheaton and husband, Corey Wheaton, and their daughter, Catie-Jo, of Brownfield. He is also survived by his brother, Barry Crocker and wife, Robin, of Enfield; sisters, Gayle Grass Thompson and her husband, Royce, of East Millinocket and Nancy Eckelberry, of Bradford; sister-in-law, Debbie Grass of East Millinocket; and his many nieces, nephews and cousins. Also surviving are his two special children, Haleigh Erickson of Lincoln and Kendall Erickson of Pensacola, Fl. Gary was predeceased by his father, Clifton Crocker and his beloved mother, Mildred Crocker; a brother, Richard “Skip” Grass; aunts, Norma Libby and Johnny, Rowena Trott, Nana Emma Grass; uncles, Gerald Leavitt and Otis Leavitt and their wives, Alice and Marie, and Albert Farrington; and nephews, Galen Crocker and Ricky Grass.
Visitation will be noon-1 p.m. Monday, December 30th with the funeral service beginning at 1 p.m. at Clay Funeral Home, 7 Lee Rd., Lincoln. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Open Gates Equine Rescue, Inc. 407 Morse Rd., New Gloucester, ME 04260. To sign an online guest register and to leave written condolences, please visit www.clayfuneralhome.com.