GORDON R. JUSTARD
Gordon R. Justard, age 83, of Crescent Avenue, Rumford, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010 at Rumford Community Home following a brief illness.
He was born in Berlin, N.H., on Dec. 24, 1926, a son of J. Robert and Evelyn (Larson) Justard, and raised by his paternal grandparents, Robert and Mary Justard. Gordon was educated in Berlin, N.H., schools.
He served in the US Army from 1950 to 1952 as a Corporal, and taught marksmanship even though he had an artificial eye. Following his discharge from the Army, he moved to Mexico and had resided locally since that time.
Gordon was employed for over 30 years with Boise Cascade Paper Company. He served in his younger years as Constable for the Town of Mexico.
He was a member of Mexico Congregational Church, the American Legion Post #24 and the Rangeley Rod and Gun Club.
Gordon was a past Master of Blazing Star Lodge of Masons #30 and was a member of the Kora Shrine, Lewiston, and chaperoned the 5th grade class from Mexico Elementary to the Shrine Circus for over 30 years.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and snowmobiling at his camp in Oquossoc.
Surviving are his wife of 21 years, Virginia (Merrill) Justard of Rumford; two stepchildren, Brenda Giles and husband Robert of Morriston, Fla., and Jeffrey Hodsdon and wife Rachel of Wilton; a sister-in-law, Anna Justard of Rumford; and seven grandchildren, Jeffrey McCarthy, Tyler Hodsdon, Caleb Hodsdon, Jennifer Rivers, and Erica White, Brooke Barbosa, and Jacob Hodsdon; several great- grandchildren; a niece, Mary Ellen Bartlett; four nephews, Donald and Barry Justard, and Bernard and Paul Dubendris; a grand niece, Natasha Justard; five grand nephews, Aaron, Nicholas, and Alex Justard, Jeremy Myles, and Marshall Bartlett.
He was predeceased by his parents; his first wife, Marjorie (May Connel) on Oct. 16, 1987; a stepson, Joel Hodsdon; a stepdaughter, Allyson Hodsdon; and a brother, Donald Justard.
You are invited to share your, thoughts, condolences, and fond memories with the Justard family by visiting their guestbook at www.SGThibaultFuneralHome.com
A Funeral Service was held Saturday, Dec. 11, at SG Thibault Funeral Home with the Rev. Jane Rich officiating. Spring interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Andover. In lieu of flowers contributions in Gordon’s memory may be made to Blazing Star Lodge #30 PO Box 501, Rumford, ME 04276.