Ralph E. Balser


SOUTH PARIS – Ralph E. Balser, 87, passed away April 23, at the Maine Veterans’ Home.

He was born on March 25, 1919, in Burlington, Mass., the son of Frederick N. and Rebecca M. (Brewster) Balser. He was in the U.S. Army during World War II and received the Purple Heart and an award from the country of France.

He worked for Clyde Wheeler Lumber Mill in Chesterville off and on for many years and he worked in the woods for a good part of his life. He also worked on the family farm. He moved to Pennsylvania in the early 1970s and cooked for various restaurants in Pennsylvania before moving back to Maine in 1998. He belonged to the VFW in Pennsylvania. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and reading westerns, and he was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed living a quiet, simple life.

He is survived by a brother, Richard Balser and his wife, Thelma, of Marlboro, Mass.; three sisters, Ethel Pratt and her husband, Frank, of North Borough, Mass., Arliss Gould and her husband, Emerson, of Farmington, Hazel M. Gordon of Chesterville; and several neices, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Roberta Balser; and four brothers, Freddie Balser, Raymond Balser, Gordon Balser and George Balser.