Ralph Douglas McLain, Jr., 83, of Waldoboro, died Dec. 29 at Miles Memorial Hospital, Damariscotta after a long illness.
He was born Aug. 17, 1924, in Bremen, a son of Ralph Douglas McLain, Sr. and Myrtle Hunt McLain.
In his early years he worked as a clam digger. He later worked at Sample’s Shipyard in Boothbay Harbor and at Waldoboro Ford Garage as a mechanic for 38 years.
He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the U.S. Army from 1944-1946 in the Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion. He loved to hunt with Walter, Dana and Barbara Johnson and Mary Feyler. He also loved to fish with his long time buddy, Roy Bragg. He was a great husband, father, and grandfather and was loved by all.
He was a member of the V.F.W., American Legion and King Solomons Masonic Lodge #61 AF & AM.
He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Eva Johnson McLain of Waldoboro; daughter, Rita Richardson and husband David of Gilford, N.H.; grandchildren, Erika Richardson and Andrew Richardson, both of Gilford, N.H.; sisters, Elsie Orff of Connecticut and Celia Ramsdell of Pittston; and several nieces and nephews.
A private family graveside service will be held in the Shuman Cemetery, Waldoboro with Rev. Thomas Rawley officiating.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ralph’s memory may be made to Waldoboro Ambulance, P.O. Box J, Waldoboro, ME 04572.
Arrangements are entrusted to Hall Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 949 Main St., Waldoboro.