LEWISTON — Gerald “Gerry” F. Timberlake, 82, of Newell Avenue, Auburn, died Wednesday, July 27, at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, with his family at his side, after a brief illness.

He was born in Auburn, May 30, 1929, son of the late Irvin and Lois (Brown) Timberlake. He was educated in Auburn and graduated from Edward Little High School, Class of 1949. While on the track team, he earned the name “Crazy Legs” for his running ability. He also held the record for the 100 yard dash at 10.2 seconds until that was broken in 1972. He was a member of the ELHS football team which took the State Championship in 1948. He would always tell you that he was a force to be reckoned with at 5-foot-2-inches. Gerry proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He married the love of his life, Mariette Gobiel on June 14, 1951, at Sacred Heart Church.

Gerry was a member of St. Philips Church, First Auburn Seniors, Robin Dow, Sno-Gypsies Snowmobile Club and St. Philips Seniors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed snowmobiling, camping and get-togethers with family. Always first in the buffet line, Gerry was known to attend any boat or camping show just for a red hot dog and a cup of coffee. He loved to celebrate any occasion.

Gerry was a very hard worker always providing for his family. He was a longtime employee of Koss Shoe. He and Mariette owned and operated the Carpet Center in Lewiston. In his retirement, Gerry worked for FISC and considered himself a “professional driver” and often reminded his family of this fact.

He is survived by his loving wife, Mariette of Auburn; seven children, Steve Timberlake of Auburn, Dave Timberlake of Auburn, Janis Duncan and her husband, Paul, of Greene, Carol Cherry and her husband, Brian, of Scarborough, Joyce McCabe of Auburn, Jim Timberlake and wife, Denise, of Auburn and Mary Beth Cloutier and husband, Robert, of Auburn; a brother, Fred Timberlake and wife, Marguerite, of Florida; 13 grandchildren, Dana and Chad Duncan, Rena (Duncan) McCarthy and husband, Joseph, Amanda (Cherry) Mayo and husband, Andrew, Abigail and Alex Cherry, Desiree and Shannon McCabe Ryan and Adam Timberlake, Victoria, Robert and Christopher Cloutier; and many nieces and nephews.

“We will never be the same as we were before this loss, but we are ever so much better for having had someone so great to lose.”

Family and friends are invited to offer condolences and share memories of Gerry by visiting his guest book at www.thefortingroupauburn.com.

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