LEWISTON – Roscoe G. “Rockie” Truitt, 84, of Crescent Avenue in Rumford, longtime resident of Springfield, Mass., and Kissimmee, Fla., died unexpectedly Thursday, April 16, at Central Maine Medical Center.

He was born in Rumford, on Jan. 20, 1925, a son of James A. and Katharine (Glines) Truitt. He was raised on the Glines family farm in North Rumford. He graduated from Stephens High School, Class of 1943.

He entered the U.S. Army at the age of 18 in October 1943, and fought with Company M 358th Infantry Division at Normandy through Northern France, Rhineland, and Ardennes, and the Battle of the Bulge as a sharpshooter.

He received numerous awards, including four Battle Stars, the Good Conduct Medal, and a Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant in January 1946.

After his discharge, he served in the National Guard Reserves in Massachusetts, where he was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion, holding several offices, including the rank of commander.

He returned to Rumford from Springfield in May 2008. He enjoyed his summer vacations at the Adams Camp at Howard Pond.

Surviving are two brothers, Roger Adams and wife, Nancy, of West Simsbury, Mass., and Herbert Adams and wife, Dorothy, of Hanover; stepchildren, Karen Conti of Amesbury, Mass., Michael Conti of Springfield, Mass., and Terri DeFilipp and husband, Joseph, of Auburn; grandchildren, Jennifer Flynn and husband, Brian, of Boxford, Mass., and Andrew and Stephanie DeFilipp of Auburn; great-grandchildren, Taylor and Emma Flynn of Boxbury, Mass.; several nieces and nephews, and cousins; and a longtime friend, Virginia Justard of Rumford.

He was predeceased by his mother, Katharine G. Adams; his wife, June (Donnelly) Truitt; and a sister, Marilyn D’Lizzarraga.

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