Portland, ME – Willis Hamilton Lovejoy, 91, of Portland died on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Muriel (Spring) Lovejoy.
He was born in Old Town, ME on November 1, 1920 a son of the late Howard A. & Sonie M. (Hamilton) Lovejoy.
He was raised on the family farm in Chester, Maine, and moved to North Anson, Maine in 1935. He graduated from Anson Academy in 1939, where he lettered in several sports including basketball and baseball. His love of sports continued throughout his life and he spent many weekends and evenings watching the Red Sox.
He was a member of the Greatest Generation, serving in Africa and Europe during World War II. He was inducted in the Army October 7, 1942 in Bangor, Maine. He entered active duty October 21, 1942 and served with Headquarters Company, 85th Infantry Division in North Africa and Italy from January 2, 1944 to November 15, 1945. He participated in Rome-Arno, North Apennines, and Po Valley Campaigns and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal. He achieved the rank of Corporal.
He married the love of his life, Muriel Spring, on May 22, 1948 in Keene, N.H.
Following the war, he owned or operated several gasoline stations in Maine. He later worked for W. H. Hinman, Inc., and the Maine State Department of Transportation, in engineering.
He is survived by his wife Muriel; his daughters Barbara Dyer of Portland and Rebecca Kees and her husband Gerald of Lakeland, Florida; his grandchildren, Christopher Dyer, Jennifer Dyer Goodwin and her husband Jeffrey, Amy Gallant Foelsche and her husband Karl, and Holly Gallant Wilson and her husband Chad; great-grandchildren Eric Goodwin, Morgan Goodwin, Sarah Wilson and Dia Foelsche; his sister, Shirley L. Goodwin of Marietta, Georgia, and a niece.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial services on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 11 a.m. at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 425 Congress Street, Portland.
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral Services, 981 Forest Ave, Portland. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Willis’ guestbook.