BENTON - Richard A. DeLisle "Blondie," 90, of Benton, peacefully passed into heaven on April 16, 2014. Richard was in Naples, Fla., at the time of his passing. He had been ill most of the winter and spent much of his time there in a rehab center and then a hospice hospital. He was a strong man who never complained and was loved by many. He led a full and fruitful life.
Richard was born in Waterville on July 1, 1923, the son of the late Edgar E. and Olive M (Grondin) DeLisle.
Richard married Cecile A. LeClair on July 2, 1943, at St. Francis de Sales Church in Waterville, the love of his life for 70 years. Together they had three daughters, Sandra, Diane and Rebecca.
Richard graduated from Waterville High School in 1941. He later served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II, where he served as an Administrative NCO; He received the Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal and the American Theater Campaign Ribbon. He was a member of the Bourque Lanigan American Legion post 5 in Waterville and served on the budget committee and on the appeals board in Benton for many years.
Richard worked at Scott Paper Company in Winslow in the paper machine department for 31 years, retiring at the age of 55. He also started his own broiler business and had a small farm where he raised cattle and grew corn that he sold at a roadside stand. His family will always be proud of his hard work and the ways he was dedicated to taking care of them.
Richard was an avid golfer and bowler as well, receiving many trophies' and awards. It was said that when he and his twin brother Russell showed up on the golf course the guys would say, "Oh, here come those DeLisle twins, we're in trouble now." He also loved fishing, camping and hunting, and spent much of his early years with his family and friends participating in these activities.
Richard was predeceased by his twin brother Russell DeLisle, of Waterville, and his older brother, Jerome DeLisle, of Winslow.
He is survived by his loving wife, Cecile DeLisle; his daughter, Sandra Bucknam and husband Robert, of Clinton; his daughter, Diane DeLisle, and her husband, Marshall DeMott, of Naples, Fla.; and his youngest daughter, Rebecca DeLisle Owens, of Clinton. He has five grandchildren, Richard Bucknam, Angela Buker, Jennifer Stevens, Jacob and Jevon Owens; and several great-grandchildren.
There will be a service of honor of Richards's life at Falls Cemetery later in the spring. Condolences can be sent to the family at 640 Hinckley Road, Clinton, ME 04927.
1 John 5:13:
13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
An online guest book may be signed and memories shared at www.lawrybrothers.com.
Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield.