AUGUSTA — Roger Dale Prestridge, 67, of Wilton passed away June 20 at Maine Veterans’ Homes in Augusta, surrounded by family.

He was born Feb. 25, 1950, in Palestine, Texas, a son of William and Murtie Teel Prestridge. He attended Palestine High School. In 1968, he began his career in the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Fort Kent, Ky., Kaiserslautern, Germany, South Vietnam and Fort Benning, Ga. While in the Army, he received several medals and awards including a Silver Star, a Meritorious Service Medal and three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters. He retired in 1988 as a sergeant first class. He earned his wings in 101st Airborne and was an instructor in Germany. He enjoyed fishing, raising animals and working in his flowers and gardens, landscaping, and took pride in his whole property.

He is survived by his wife, Rebecca; daughter Kimberly and husband, Ralph Black; daughter Miriam and fiancé, Rick Fitzpatrick; stepdaughter, Kristina, and husband, Brian Leahy; stepson, Arden, and wife, Kris Starbird; brothers William Jr. and wife, Carole, Thomas and wife, Sheila; 15 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many aunts and uncles.

He was predeceased by his sister, Martha; and stepdaughter Tamara.

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Roger Dale Prestridge

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