1922 – 2014
SOUTH PARIS — Ervin Heath Prescott, 91, passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 14, at the Maine Veterans’ Home.
Ervin Heath Prescott was born July 10, 1922. He grew up on a farm in Phillips, as the seventh son in a family of nine boys. The family raised and milked a herd of cows and grew acres of vegetables.
Before the end of high school, Ervin was inducted into federal service with Company L 103rd infantry 43rd Division Maine National Guard in February 1941 for training a year of training at Camp Blanding, Fla. Two of his brothers, Mason and Melvin, joined him. After basic training, they participated in Army maneuvers in Louisiana and North Carolina.
After the start of the war, Ervin and Melvin were sent to the Russell Islands not far from Guadalcanal. Mason transferred to the Army Air Corps to be a navigator. Melvin and Ervin landed on Remdova with the 3rd Battalion 103rd Infantry in early July 1943 and entered the battle line 3,000 yards from Munda Airfield, Melvin was KIA on July 18, 1943. Ervin’s brother, Mason was listed as MIA Nov. 14, 1943, when his plane was shot down by enemy aircraft on a raid out of Guadacanal Base.
Ervin stayed with the 103rd Infantry through New Guinea Campaign and Luzon. He was honorably discharged Aug. 29, 1945, at Fort Devons, Mass. Sgt. Ervin Prescott received the Combat Infantry Award, the Pacific/Asiatic Ribbon, the Defense Ribbon and the Philippine Liberation Medal.
When the war was over, Ervin returned to Maine along with another brother, Colby, who had been in the Navy. He later lived in Maryland and worked as a dairy herd inspector, receiving the prestigious Efficient Production Award from the National Dairy Products Corp. on two occasions.
Ervin was a man of many interests. Those interests have included hunting, fishing, gardening, mushroom foraging, rock collecting (and tumbling) and woodworking to name a few. In addition, he always treasured opportunities to gather with nieces, nephews and generations of Heaths and Prescotts.
In the 1980s, he worked at Decoster Egg Farm in Turner and met Edith Damon, a fellow worker. He and Edith spent the next 25 years in happy pursuit of their common interests, taking trips, gardening together and enjoying each other’s company until her death in 2008. Ervin was then, and always will be, a cherished member of the Damon family.
On June 14, 2002, Ervin and two of his brothers, Colby and Melvin (posthumously), who had missed graduating from high school due to the war, received their high school diplomas with the Mt. Abram High School, Class of 2002.
Ervin lived at the Maine Veterans’ Home, South Paris, since May 2011. He enjoyed visits from his family and especially his little dog, Tina, who delighted him with her antics. He did craft projects and liked the music programs and church services. He developed many friendships with the staff and other residents and played a good game of checkers. His garden and birdfeeders outside his window gave him pleasure as did a trip to town for an ice cream cone or dinner.
He is survived by his brother, Leon Prescott of Delaware; and many nieces and nephews, especially his niece, Lynette Hinkley (her husband Brian) of Wilton and their children, Laurie, Rian and Briana and their families; his nephew, Rick Prescott (his wife Ann) and their family; and his niece, Susie Truitt and her family. In addition, he is remembered with great love by the Damon family, Richard Damon and Carol Roy; David and Kate Damon; Dennis Damon and Barbara Cook; Cliff and Laurie Damon; Elizabeth and Gary Weaver; Doris and Steve Michaud; Janice and Gene Hein; Greg (Stacey) Damon, Christina (Jason) Banks, Sarah (Brian) Wahlert, Brandon Hein, Rick (Heidi) Damon, Rebecca (Shaun) Breton, Amanda (Yamil) Peralta, Ben Weaver, Beth Damon, Ellen (Derek) Berg, Lisa (John) Workman, Jack (Anna) Damon, Alex (Kerri Ann) Weaver, Amy Damon, Alison Michaud, Brandon Michaud; and their children.
He was predeceased by his parents; and seven of his eight brothers, Alfred, Theodore, Mason, Melvin, John, Colby and George.
In addition, we would like to thank the staff and residents of the Maine Veterans’ Home in South Paris who brought so much love and laughter to his time with them. We are deeply grateful for the expert and compassionate care given to Ervin and the kindnesses extended to his family. Special thanks to Linda Poland of Pleasant Pond Kennels in Turner who cared for Ervin’s dog, Tina, and made it possible for him to see her often.
Friends are invited to sign the online guest book at www.finleyfuneralhome.com.