Lawrence Eugene Harding

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Lawrence Eugene
Harding, 90
PORTLAND -- Lawrence 'Larry' E. Harding, 90, of Ocean Avenue, Portland, went home to be with his Savior on Monday, May 26, 2014, Memorial Day, after a brief illness. He and his twin brother Lorenzo Dow Harding were born in 1923 to the Rev. Chauncey May Harding and Ella Dow Harding. Lorenzo only lived two months.
Larry graduated from Deering High School in 1941. He played drums in the high school band. He also attended Northeastern Business College in Portland following his military service.
Larry was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Navy where he attained the rank of Pharmacist Mate First Class. Most of his Naval service was spent in the Norfolk, Va. area at the Little Creek Section Base and Naval Air Station. He was then sent to the Marine Training Station at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Following his training there he was sent to Guam and then to Tientsen, China, where he was attached to the First Marine Division. He received the Asiatic Pacific Area Ribbon, American Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
On Dec. 21, 1946, Larry married Viola Mary Ryder of Portland. They had three children.
Larry was employed by the Maine Central Railroad Co. for 33 years where he held several positions, retiring in 1983.
Larry was a member of Clark Memorial Methodist Church in Portland. He was also a 50 year member of Cornerstone Lodge, AF & AM, The Scottish Rite Bodies and Kora Temple Shrine of Lewiston.
His hobbies included hunting, fishing and gardening. Larry was a sports fan and avid follower of the Red Sox and New England Patriots. But most of all, he looked forward to visits from his children and grandchildren and later on with his great-grandsons.
He was predeceased by his wife, Viola Mary Ryder; his parents; three brothers, Chauncey Jr., Lorenzo and Charles, and two sisters, Kathyleen Chipman and Ella Tayman. He is survived by his sister, Elizabeth Pettengill of Kissimmee, Fla.; his daughter, Marilyn H. Sjoberg, her husband Paul and their children, Jeremy, Scott and Johanna; his son, Stephen L. Harding, his wife Beth O'Connell and his children, Sarah Cunningham, her husband Richard and their sons, Joshua and Cameron, Anthony, his wife Krista and their son, Ethan; and his daughter, Anne C. Angell, her husband Edmund and their children, Melody and Katherine.
There will be no visiting hours. A graveside service will be held on Monday, June 2, 2014, at 2 p.m., at Brooklawn Memorial Park, 2002 Congress St., Portland. Arrangements are by Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, Portland.
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Lawrence Eugene Harding
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on May 29, 2014
Arrangements under the direction of:
Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home
199 Woodford Street | Portland, ME 04103 | (207) 775-3763
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