LINCOLN – Richard J. Bearce, husband of Peggy (Dion) Bearce; beloved father of Wesley and Felicia; and stepfather of Jessie and Josh, passed away Feb. 17, 2010, at Penobscot Valley Hospital, Lincoln, a victim of GIST cancer. He was born April 8, 1953, in Portsmouth, Ohio, the son of Alluna (Cruciani) and Stephen D. Bearce Jr. He served the country he loved in he U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, and was always a leader and advocate for those less fortunate than himself, especially children. Until his retirement in 2007 due to illness, Richard was employed by Lincoln Paper and Tissue, Lincoln. Richard loved to ice fish, bird hunt and socialize with all his many and dear friends. In addition to his wife, Peggy of Lincoln, Richard says goodbye to his beloved mother, Alluna; sister, Kathy of Bangor; stepfather, Marcello Tozzi of San Polo dei Cavalieri, Italy; his brother and best friend, Steve Trott of Lincoln and his wife, Gail and their children, Arianna, Ethan and Shaelynn; and his four beloved children, each of whom he loved dearly: his son, Wesley Bearce; daughter, Felicia Parent and her husband, Justin, of Bangor; stepson, Josh Sutherland and his wife, Sarah (Hatch) Sutherland; and stepdaughter, Jessie Marie Sutherland and Todd Chessie, all of Lincoln; and dear friends, Ron and Kathy Bradford and their sons, Alex and Andy, of Lakeville. Richard was blessed with six beautiful grandchildren he so adored, Myka Belle “Bee Girl” Wotton, Isaac “I-Man” Parent, Cady “Jo” Parent, Jackson “JackMan” Sutherland, Ava Elizabeth “The Princess Girl” Sutherland and Laken “Lou” Chessie. Richard is also survived by his kind and loving extended family, that both collectively and individually were all so generously supportive of him and his family: sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Dede Trask and her husband, Jim, of Lincoln, Frank Dion and his wife, Lisa, of Stockton Springs, Thora House and her husband, Matt, of Lincoln, John Dion and his wife, Karen, of University Park, Fla., Tom Trask and his sons, Jacob and Brian, of Lincoln and Virginia House of Lincoln; several cousins, nephews, nieces, uncles and aunts. In addition to his father, Richard was predeceased by his dear friends, Mike Gerry and Wesley Lowell. Visiting hours will be 7-9 p.m. Friday and 7-9 p.m. Saturday at Clay Funeral Home, 7 Lee Road, Lincoln, where services will be held 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, with the Rev. Dr. Bruce Young officiating. Committal services will take place in the spring. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Lincoln Recreational Department Building Fund or Penobscot Valley Hospital Nurses Appreciation Fund. Donations may be left at the funeral home. Those who wish may sign an online register and leave written condolences at www.clayfuneralhome.com.