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BANGOR – Lt. Col. Kermit D. Ward, retired, passed away Feb. 20, 2010, at the Maine Veterans Home, Bangor, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born March 28, 1928, in Lillie, La., the son of T.A. and Ruth (Day) Ward. Kermit grew up hunting and fishing in the bayous and woods of Louisiana. He was educated in Louisiana, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1945. In 1950, he completed pilot training with the U.S. Air Force; he remained in the Air Force until his retirement in 1975. He flew hurricane hunting missions out of Bermuda, and bombers and tankers out of many locations in the U.S. and other countries. Kermit served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was awarded the Korean Service Medal, Air Medal, World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award with a silver star, U.N. Service Medal and American Camp Ribbon for his service to his country. Although he was stationed in many states, by far he was stationed the longest in Maine, both at Loring and Dow Air Force bases. Both daughters returned to Maine immediately after graduating from high school, so he and Betty returned to Bangor after his retirement, and have lived on Union Street ever since. He and Betty spent the years renovating their home and creating the extensive gardens that many passersby have enjoyed. After his retirement from the Air Force, Kermit worked for Bangor Dodge, Cianbro, Lane Construction and Sunrise Materials. Kermit’s loyalty to the people with whom he served in the military and his coworkers in civilian life earned him friendships that have endured for decades. Two relatively recent friendships evolved into “family,” Bub Svoboda and Josh Botting. Kermit will be deeply missed by his wife of 58 years, Betty (Aldridge) Ward of Bangor; his two daughters and their husbands, Cyndi and Don Darling of Hampden, and Ginger and David Green of Bangor; his three grandchildren, Alastair Green of Cambridge, Mass., Calum Green of Ottawa, and Christopher Green of Bangor; one sister, Geraldine Utley; three brothers, Gayle Ward, Ralph Ward and Kenneth Ward, all of Louisiana, and all their families. He was predeceased by one sister. A service of remembrance will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor, with the Rev. Dr. Rex H. Garrett, director of chaplaincy services at Eastern Maine Medical Center, officiating. Friends are welcome to call 1 p.m. until time of service Friday. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshment immediately after the service Friday at Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center St., Bangor. Interment will be at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. Those who wish to remember Kermit in a special way may make gifts in his memory to healthcare charities for patient care at EMMC CancerCare of Maine, care of Healthcare Charities, P.O. Box 931, Bangor, ME 04402-0931. Condolences to the family may be expressed at

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