Rev. William Archie Dunstan

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Rev. William Archie Dunstan, DD
1922 - 2018
RANDOLPH - The Rev. William Archie Dunstan, DD, 95, formerly of 220 Water St., Randolph, passed away at MaineGeneral Rehabilitation and Long Term Care at Glenridge in Augusta, on Sunday, July 1, 2018.
He was born Oct. 7, 1922, in Warrens Corners, Town of Lockport, N.Y., to the Rev. William T. and Annie Maude Watters Dunstan. He married the former Lois Marie Chadwick on July 16, 1945.
After graduation from Little Valley High School, Little Valley, N.Y., he attended Bangor Theological Seminary before being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943. He was honorably discharged in 1945. He had continued Bible seminary studies during his time in the military and after his discharge. He received his Bachelor of Theology degree from Pikes Peak Bible Seminary in June 1945. Shortly thereafter, he received a call to pastor the Oxford Congregational Church and the East Otisfield Baptist Church. Later he also pastored the Mechanics Falls Congregational Church in addition to the other two churches.
During his tenure at Oxford, he earned a Master of Theology degree from St. Andrews Ecumenical University in Tottenham, England in 1960. He also was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from St. Andrews. In September 1960, he accepted the call to pastor the First Baptist Church in Gardiner. He began studying at the University of Maine and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education in 1971. After 25 years as pastor of First Baptist, he retired.
During the Vietnam War he joined the Maine State Guard as a chaplain and served at the Togus Veterans' Hospital for 21 years, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. Although up in years and dealing with some health issues, he served part time at the Richmond Methodist Church, later at the Canton Baptist Church, and part time secretary at the Highland Avenue United Methodist Church.
Surviving is his wife, Lois, of Augusta; a nephew, Donald L. Dunstan of Xenia, Ohio; a niece, Jean D. Beach of Randolph, N.Y.; and great-nieces and nephews. Preceding him was a brother, Clifford H. Dunstan.
A time of visitation will be held from noon to 1 p.m., with a memorial service to follow at 1 p.m., Tuesday, July 10, at the Gardiner First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Little Valley, N.Y.
Arrangements are under the care of Staples Funeral Home, Gardiner.

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Published in Central Maine on July 6, 2018
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