OBITUARY

Richard A. Engstrom

September 13, 1936May 22, 2013
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Richard A. Engstrom Richard A. Engstrom, 77, passed away May 22, 2013 at Togus Medical Center. He was born September 13, 1936 in Stillwater, Maine, a son of Theron G. and Edith B. Engstrom.

He grew up in Alton, Maine and left high school to join the Air Force where he served from 1953-1961. He finished high school during his time in the Air Force and served over seas and in Germany at Spangdollum Air Force Base. Richard was honorably discharged from the service after he broke his back and both legs in an airplane crash, of which he was the only survivor. He went on to a career of driving 18-wheelers from 1970-1988, working for Greenthumb, Ralston Purina and finally, Northeast Log Homes delivering log home packages. After retirement in 1988, he spent rest of his time with his children, 4-wheeling, fishing, hunting, telling stories and avidly supporting the Red Sox. Richard was also an active member of the AMVETS, a lifetime member of the VFW and a proud member of the Million Mile Accident Free Club.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Mary Ann; children, Ricky Engstrom and his wife, Diane of Indiana, Aubrey Engstrom and wife, Nancy of Arizona, Cindy Charlton and husband, Billy of Old Town, Ann-Marie Baker and husband, Tim of Alton, and Dan Engstrom and his partner, Heidi of Bradley; grandchildren, Rick, Chasity, Steven, Brooke, Tamara, Aaron, Ryan, Kristen, and Daniel Jr.; great grand children, Zoe, Judah, Ava, Ilya, and Brantley. Richard was pre-deceased by his daughter, Hilda Engstrom; and grandchildren, Erica and Felisha.

A special thank you goes to Togus VA Hospital and the doctors who cared for him, the Hospice and Palliative Care staff, his nurse, Pam Desjardins, Kelly and Dr. Jim. Friends may call 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Birmingham Funeral Home, 438 Main Rd., Old Town, where a funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday with Rev. Bruce Stevens. Burial with Military Honors to follow at Alton Cemetery.

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Brooke Charlton Horn

May 27, 2013

My heart is broken because you are no longer with us, but I rejoice for the life you lived and the support, laughter and joy you gave to me and so many others. Gravy, I love you and I am so proud to be your granddaughter. We all miss you so much already! Death leaves a heartache that is hard to heal, but your love gave us memories no one can steal.

Betty & Fred Johnson

May 26, 2013

Dear Mary Ann,

We were so looking forward to seeing you and Richard this summer. I guess he couldn't wait that long!
This is such a difficult time, but we are thankful that you have your children and grandchildren to help and comfort you.
You know we love "Uncle" Richard, and will miss him always.

Betty and Fred

jennifer ford

May 26, 2013

I love you and will miss you . Safe journey grandpa.

Diane Engstrom

May 26, 2013

Dad,
I will miss you, I lost my own Dad, but when I married Ricky, You became my second Dad, You were such a joy to me and I will always treasure the memories of you,Especially when you were telling a story, you had the best sound effects.
Now you are in heaven and you finally got to meet my Dad. You are both watching over us now. I love you, R.I.P. Dad Love Diane

Missy Willey

May 25, 2013

Ann, Danny, Mary, and Cindy, My deepest sympathy! I'm soooo sorry for your loss. He was an awesome guy and is truly going to be missed by many. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care of yourselves. love ya.

May 25, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Sharon and Ron

Wes

May 25, 2013

Rest in peace, fellow veteran. I salute you.

Doreen

May 25, 2013

Dan and Heidi, my condolences to you and your whole family at this very difficult time.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY