HOULTON – John Robert Mooers, 80, died Jan. 24, 2005, at Houlton Reg-ional Hospital. He was born July 28, 1924, in Houlton, the son of the late Albert E. Mooers Jr. and Bessie Ann (Burtt) Mooers. John was a graduate of Houlton High School, Class of 1942. He enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1943, where he served with the 449th Bomb Group of the 15th Air Force. He was a tail gunner and ship armorer on a B-24 bomber. He flew 27 missions, mostly over Germany, for which he received the Air Medal with oak leaf clusters. In 1949 he graduated from the University of Maine with a BS degree in Economics. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He entered farming in Aroostook County in 1950 and grew potatoes for several years, and subsequently became a potato shipper, eventually owning a small fleet of long haul trucks. He served as a director of the Maine Potato Council for 12 years and as its president for two years; he also served on the National Potato Council steering committee for two years. During this period he served on Governor Curtis’ agricultural Task Force for two years, and served as president of the Aroostook Truck Owners Association for two years. John served six years as district supervisor on the Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District and was its chairman for two years. In 1976 he retired from farming and trucking and went into real estate business, becoming branch manager for Strout Realty. Later, he helped establish Mooers Realty along with his son, Andrew. He eventually sold his part of the business to Andrew and practiced as a certified resident appraiser for several years. John served on Houlton’s Republican Committee and was a convention delegate. He was a trustee of the Northern Maine Fair and served a term on the Northern Maine Planning Commission. He was a life-long member of the Church of the Good Shepherd (Episcopal) where he served as a vestry member and served one year as Senior Warden. John is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Lou (Benn) Mooers; four sons and daughters-in-law, Stephen Mooers and his wife, Jennifer, of Bangor, Jonathan Mooers and his wife, Susan, of Boxford, Mass., Brian Mooers and his wife, Kathleen, of Portland, Ore., and Andrew Mooers and his wife, Lisa, of Houlton; 13 grandchildren, Meredith, Joshua, Andrew, Houston, Justin, Elizabeth, Marissa, Stephanie, Amanda, Alexander, Elliot, Alexandra and Harrison; two stepgrandchildren, Keegan and Lindsay Hovey; three great-grandchildren, Kendall, Mayzie and Brady; and a sister, Ruth Mooers of Houlton. John was predeceased by two brothers, Frederick and Albert “Bud” Mooers III. Calling hours will be held 1- 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Main Street, Houlton, with funeral services following at 3 p.m. officiated by the Rev. Leslie Nesin and the Rev. Jessie Drysdale. Reception to follow the service at Watson Hall. In lieu of flowers, friends may make donations to the Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum in Littleton, care of, Bowers Funeral Home, PO Box 579, Houlton, ME 04730.