LEWISTON — Ivan William Gesner, 90, of Buckfield passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Central Maine Medical Center.
He was born in East Sumner, Sept. 22, 1920, the son of Thomas S. and Tena F. Bonney Gesner. He attended schools in Sumner and Buckfield and Dexter Machinist school.
He faithfully served our country in the U.S. Air Force during World War II as an airplane mechanic. He worked in the woods with horses for a number of years before being employed by Withington’s, Maine Apple Growers, J.W. Penney and retired from Modern Woodcraft.
He married Marjorie Damon on July 18, 1944. He loved playing baseball and boxing. He was a member of John D. Long American Legion Post 58 in Buckfield.
He was a Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics fan. His favorite thing was a trip over Streaked Mountain nearly every morning to Dunkin’ Donuts and his bean hole baked beans at all of summer family gatherings.
He is survived by his wife of Buckfield; daughters, Mary Ann Gesner and partner, Hannah Trowbridge, Judith Bennett and husband, Stephen, Linda Cooper, Wendy Therrien and husband, Patrick, and son, Thomas Gesner and partner, Lee Darling; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren, with another on the way; and one great-great-grandchild with another on the way; sisters-in-law, Gladys Newbegin, Betty Atkinson and Millie Newton; a brother-in-law, Dick Pope; and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by five sisters, Lillian Daniels, Winifred Holmes, Barbara Goding, Frances Damon and Joan Pope; and a brother, Merle Gesner.
Online condolences may be shared with his family at www.andrewsgreenleaf.com.