EXETER, N.H. – Edward Gordon Pevear, 90, of Exeter, N.H., died Thursday, May 21, at his home after suffering with Alzheimer’s disease.

He was born in Hampton Falls on April 30, 1919, one of nine children of the late Daniel E. and Florence I. (Hickford) Pevear and attended schools in Hampton Falls and Hampton Academy.

He was a veteran of World War II and served in Europe with Company E, 3rd Infantry Regiment, U.S. Army. He was the recipient of the Army of Occupation, European Africa Middle Eastern Campaign and World War II Victory Medals.

Mr. Pevear was employed at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard prior to and after World War II, retiring as supervisor ship fitter from Shop 11 in 1978, with 37 years of service. He received many awards for service and suggestions.

He shared 37 years of marriage with his wife, Roberta C. (Gibson) Pevear, originally of Bethel, Maine, whom he married in Exeter, N.H., on Aug. 21, 1971. They resided in Hampton Falls until 1994 when they moved to Exeter. He traveled and assisted her during her 10 years in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, representing Hampton Falls and Hampton. They spent several years summering in Rangeley and wintering in Spring Hill, Fla.

Mr. Pevear was a member of the VFW since 1967 and was the organizer of the former Hampton’s Post 5239 serving as commander in 1967-1968. He was District 7 Commander in 1969-1970 and subsequently became a member of Emerson Hovey VFW Post 168 of Portsmouth. He was a life member of the VFW and the VFW National Home for Dependent Children.

He was also a life member of the American Legion. He was a member of Hampton’s American Legion Post 35 joining in 1946, served in several offices and was Commander in 1953. He received his fifty year certificate in 1996. He also served in several offices of the “Forty and Eight.”

Mr. Pevear was a charter member of the Hampton Falls Volunteer Fire Department, charter member of the Hampton Falls Historical Society, life member of the Hampton Historical Society and was a life member of the National Association of Retired and Current Federal Employees and a member of Chapter 1790 in Hampton.

In addition to his wife of Exeter, he is survived by his grandson, Michael E. Jordan and wife, Michelle, and their children, Dylan and Savannah, all of Newmarket, N.H.; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Muriel Knowles; a sister; and seven brothers.

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