RUMFORD — Edgar L. Marston, 88, of Peru, died early Thursday, April 11, at the Rumford Hospital.

He was born April 27, 1924, in South Paris, the son of Leo and Emmaline (Harding) Marston. He was raised by Emmaline and Moses Bachelder Sr. He attended one-room schools and graduated from Stratton High School as valedictorian in 1942.

In 1943, he was drafted into the Army as one of the first teenagers from Franklin County. During World War II, he served in the South Pacific, in the Sixth Army 594th Engineer’s Boat and Shore Regiment COB, under General McArthur. After the war, he served in Japan occupational forces for a short time and was discharged from the Army in 1946.

He married Irene Taylor at the Rangeley Baptist Church on Nov. 10, 1946. They lived in Eustis for about four and a half years, before moving to Peru, where they made their home. He was a devoted husband and father. He worked in wood turning mills in Stratton and Dixfield. He enjoyed raising his family and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In his free time, he enjoyed wood working and fishing.

He accepted the Lord Jesus in 1955 and attended the Peru Baptist Church, where he was a Sunday school teacher. He transferred to Mexico Baptist Church, where he was on the board of trustees and Christian Board of Education. Then he transferred back to Peru Baptist Church, where he again was a Sunday school teacher until 2012.

Survivors include siblings, Dorothea (Bachelder) Tyler and Lewis Bachelder; two sons, Joseph and his wife, Laura, of Wilton and Bruce and his wife, Susie, of Auburn; six grandchildren, Ed Marston, Dorothy (Marston) Kinchen and her husband, Douglass Kinchen, Peter Marston, Isaac Marston, Thomas Marston and Elsie Marston; and two great-grandchildren, Emily and Kaleb Kinchen.

He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Irene; and his siblings, Catherine (Marston) Edwards, Earle Marston, Jennie (Marston) Chamberline, Moses Bachelder Jr., Olive (Marston) St. Onge and Mildred (Marston) Herrick.

Words of condolence and tribute may be shared with his family and friends on his tribute wall at www.wilesrc.com.

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