Theodore C. Towne, 87
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ARUNDEL -- Theodore C. Towne, a loving husband, father and grandfather, died June 15, 2013 of complications related to cancer at his home in Arundel, He was 87 years old.
Ted was born Sept. 22, 1925 and raised in Summit, N.J. by his father Charles Cuyler Towne and mother Bertha Josephine (who passed away when he was 12 years old).
During World War II he began serving in the Merchant Marines, providing support to the troops in Belgium as well as France. His service brought him as far south as Argentina and as far north as Scotland. This was the beginning of 20 years of military service, which included stints in the Army (during the Korean War), the Navy (serving in the Pacific) and finally the Air Force. During his time in the Air Force he was stationed at Frankfurt Air Force Base where in 1962 he met his wife, Gerda. They were married July 12, 1963. Some of the fondest memories he and Gerda shared were during the time he was stationed in Holland. They made wonderful friends there whom they continue to stay in touch with today. Their days were filled with card playing, and get togethers. Finally, on Jan. 1, 1971 he retired from the military and moved his family to Maine, where his older sister Elaine Burlingame lived.
While in Maine, Ted worked 16 years for HE Sargent. However, he is most well-known for his nearly 30 years as a newspaper deliverer for the Portland Press Herald, retiring Feb. 15, 2013. He created the paper route going door to door to enlist subscribers. Ted rarely missed a day of work regardless of the weather conditions. The service he provided his customers was second to none, which was especially noticed during the holiday season when the house was full of cookies, candies, and holiday breads that his customers made for him.
Ted enjoyed spending time with his family, and more recently with his grandchildren Madelynn and Cuyler. He loved feeding the birds and consequently fighting with the squirrels that always seemed to get into the bird feeders. As a child he traveled the country by car with his father and two sisters visiting several national parks as well as Wood River, Neb., where his father grew up. He carried on this tradition with his son, driving across the country in 1998. Through the military he got the opportunity to see the world, all of Europe and the Pacific.
Ted's wife of 50 years, Gerda Beate Towne, continues to live in Arundel and stayed by his side until the end. Ted is also survived by his two children, Gabrielle Towne of Biddeford and Ted Towne of Silver Spring, Md., daughter-in-law Sarah Towne; two grandchildren, Madelynn Towne and Cuyler Towne; and his twin sister Jean Benner of Clayton, N.C. Ted was predeceased by his sister Elaine Burlingame of Waterboro.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer Street, Kennebunk. A Graveside Service with military honors will be held on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 12 noon at the Southern Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 83 Stanley Road Springvale. Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer Street.
Should friends choose, memorial donations may be made to:
42 Brickyard Court
York, ME 03909
Theodore C. Towne
Bibber Memorial Chapel
67 Summer Street
Kennebunk, ME 04043
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on June 18, 2013