1934 – 2014
NORWAY—Richard Joseph Ganem Sr., 80, of Auburn, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Oct. 13, at Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway.
He was born in Portland on May 15, 1934, to Frederick and Helen Brown Ganem. Richard grew up on the family farm in Scarborough, attending Scarborough Schools.
At 17, Richard joined The Marine Corps and proudly served his country during the Korean War from 1952-1955. He was a proud
Marine and was on duty when President Eisenhower arrived to sign the peace treaty to end the war.
Our father instilled in all his children a strong sense of Patriotism by his involvement in the VFW and causes effecting veterans. He proudly flew both an American and Marine Corps flag at his home.
After serving his country, he returned home to the family farm, where he soon met the woman he would love, marry and raise his family with. In June 1956, he married Diane Mae Zachow and was married to her for 58 years, up to her recent passing this April.
Our father was the hardest-working man I’ve ever known, he worked many long hours affording our mother the opportunity to stay at home to raise their four children. He sacrificed a lot for his family.
When the unexpected would happen, my father would proudly and honorably do the right thing for the family.
Richard was an over the road truck driver for over 40 years, working for Quinn Freight Lines and most recently, for SuperValu Distributors. He was well-liked and very popular among all he met in his travels. His CB handle was the Big Chief. My father was larger than life.
Richard loved cars and trucks of all types. He owned many vehicles and had a miniature collection of trucks and cars that he proudly showed to all. As a young man, he owned many fancy Ford muscle cars that were the envy of most. He always drove a shiny car and took great pride in what was his.
After his retirement in 1996, he spent time traveling to Iowa, Mississippi, Las Vegas and many casino trips with his wife.
My dad had a green thumb and a natural gift for gardening, and his gardens were the talk of the town. He would share his bounty with his neighbors, family and The Good Shepherd Food-Bank in Auburn. He was a farmer at heart.
Special memories included our farm in Scarborough, where our Dad and us kids raised many animals, horses and pigs, in the 1970s. It was a lot of fun, and many beautiful memories were made in the haying, fencing or just cleaning.
Our father’s heart was broken when our mother, Diane, passed away in April. He missed her so.
Richard is survived by his four children, Richard Jr. and his wife, Margaret, of Indianola, Iowa, Susan (Ganem) Forkus of Bryant Pond, Nancy Ganem-Bond and her husband, Jim, of Shapleigh, and Anthony and his wife, Christine, of New Gloucester.
He is also survived by his brother, Fred Ganem of Saco; and sister, Patricia Cote of Buxton; sister-in-law, Serena Jaynes of Westbrook; and brother-in-law, Silas Harmon of Buxton; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces, and nephews.
Richard was predeceased by his parents; son-in-law, Michael Forkus; sisters-in-law, Geraldine Harmon and Phylis Ganem; and brother-in-law, Al Cote.