AUBURN — Edward H. “Duffer” Alexander, 90, of Lisbon, died Saturday, March 25, at the Hospice House of Androscoggin, following a short illness.

He was born in Lisbon Falls on Sept. 3, 1926, the son of the late John Joseph and Martha (Lange) Alexander. On Sept. 27, 1947, he married the love of his life, Lina V. Vasel, of Lisbon.

He grew up working in the sawmills and the construction business. Duffer was a veteran of the U.S. Navy of World War II and Korea, serving aboard ship, USS Heywood (APA-6) and USS Block Island (CVE-106) from 1944 to 1951.

He is a member of the American Legion Post 158, Lisbon, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1603 in Auburn. He was also a Plank Owner for the U.S. Navy Memorial, as well as being a member of the Maine Mayflower Society. He was also a lifetime member of the International Union of Operating Engineers.

For many years he worked heavy construction (grader operator) building roads throughout Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Then he worked at the Brunswick Naval Air Station in Public Works, maintaining the runways up to his retirement in 1991.

He and his wife traveled and vacationed, enjoying their time together. Most of all they enjoyed eating out and doing yard work together.


Duffer is survived by his daughters Dawn King, Bonnie Hunter and her husband, Peter, Lynn Stein and her husband, Donald, all of Lisbon; grandchildren David E. King, Tracy Boulet and her husband, Brian, and Tammy Champagne and her husband, Guy, all of Lisbon; great-grandchildren Emily and Natalie Champagne of Lisbon and Kaitlyn King and her husband, Michael, of Augusta; several nieces and nephews; a brother-in-law, Clyde and Libby Vasel of Lisbon; and a sister-in-law, Arline Achey of Jackman.

He was predeceased by his parents, his wife, Lina, who passed on their 68th wedding anniversary Sept. 27, 2015; a sister, Avis Alexander Demchak, and brother-in-law, John Sr., and a brother, Paul Alexander, and sister-in-law, Norma (Bradford).

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