1935 – 2015

AUBURN — Ralph L. Millett, 80, of Waterford died Saturday afternoon, July 11, at the Androscoggin Hospice House in Auburn, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on Jan. 6, 1935, in Waterford, a son of George Raymond and Grace (Dearborn) Millett. He attended Waterford schools and at a very early age, started working on the family farm.

When Ralph was old enough, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, returning home to marry his beloved Betty Jean Eaton in Norway on June 15, 1957. They made their home in Norway for a few years before settling in Waterford.

As a young married man, Ralph worked alongside his brother, logging nearby woodlots, which he continued to do even after taking on work in the A.C. Lawrence Leather Co. in South Paris. When the tannery closed, he went to work for Howell Laboratories in Bridgton, retiring at the age of 72 in 2007.

Ralph enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, vegetable-gardening and bird-watching. He will be fondly remembered for his quick wit and lovable sense of humor.

He is survived by his children, Donna Scribner of Standish, Rusty Millett and his wife, Brenda, of Waterford, and Ray Millett and his significant other, Kristin Allen-Bent, of Naples; five grandchildren, Jason Brown of Standish, Jessica Cotton and her husband, Rocky, of Norway, Sunny Millett of Waterford, Nina Miller and her husband, Brent, of Concord, N.H., and Ashley Millett of Asheville, N.C.; four great-grandchildren, Haley Scribner, Mariah, Ryan and Hunter Cotton; and two sisters, Gladys Emery of Mechanic Falls and Eva Barker of Waterford.

He was predeceased by his wife, Betty, on Aug. 27, 2013; a son, Rick Millett, in 2009; brothers, Vern and Elmer Millett; and sisters, Nina Bisbee, Mildred Murch, Katherine Millett and Maisey Murch.

Condolences and tributes may be shared with Ralph’s family at www.oxfordhillsfuneralservices.com.

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