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Forest Linwood Barter, 88
PORTLAND -- Forest Linwood Barter, 88, died on Monday at his residence.
He was born in Portland on April 26, 1926, the son of the late Otis F. and Ruth H. Greenleaf Barter. He attended schools in Portland and Gorham, graduating from Portland High School in 1943 with high honors. He then when on to attend Bob Jones College in Cleveland, Tenn.
Mr. Barter enlisted into the U.S.
in 1943, receiving basic training at Ft. Stewart, Ga. He qualified as 2nd Class AAA 40mm Gunner, expert rifleman, attended Anti-Aircraft Artillery School at Ft. Bliss, Texas and attended communication school becoming a qualified radio operator. While serving in the Philippines and in the Admiralty Islands, he was assigned to the 54th Coast Artillery Radar Detachment as a radio/radar crewman. When the war ended, he was assigned to the 164th AAA Battalion guarding a Japanese prisoner of war camp in Quezon City, Luzon, Philippines. He was honorably discharged in 1946. He married Doris L. Osterberg on May 28, 1949.
Mr. Barter was employed by the A&P Tea Co. for almost 31 years and then transferred into A&P's Portland district office as an assistant meat buyer and assistant sales manager. In 1969 he was transferred to A&P's Boston divisional office as a merchandiser and meat buyer. His final assignment was as meat buyer for A&P's Northeast regional office in Springfield, Mass. Mr. Barter and his family moved back to Maine in 1977 where he was employed by Jordan's Meats as a senior account executive for 23 years. In 1987, he was named salesman of the year. He retired in 1989 to a part-time basis and fully retired in 2002.
Forest was a former of Portland Box 61 and the Boston Sparks Association. A long- time member of the First Baptist Church of Portland, he served as associate Sunday School superintendent, a deacon, trustee, member of the Christian Education Missions and Worship, served on three building committees and was a church moderator. He was one of the founding members of the Gospel Crusaders (an interdenominational youth group) and a director of Portland Youth for Christ. He served as co-chairman of the committee which invited Billy Graham and his team to Portland. He served several terms
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as a member and board chairman of the Child Evangelism Fellowship of Maine. He was also a member of the Sha-Goie-Watha Sportman's Club of Portland and Otisfield and the Associated Sportman's Club of Cumberland County.
Forest thoroughly enjoyed traveling with his wife Doris, children and grandchildren. All his children and grandchildren will fondly remember 'Grampa' as a faithful supporter and attendee at all their various activities.
Survivors in include his wife of 65 years, Doris L. Osterberg Barter; one sister, Dorothie L. Crescenti of Hemet, Calif.; five grandchildren, Erin Barter, Nicole Barter, Sarah Shuper, Scott Barter and Rebecca Crane; five great-grandchildren, Cameron Jordan, Leah Jordan, Jakob Bowe, Connor Bowe and Alina Shuper; daughters-in-law, Linda Barter of California and Patti Barter of Gray; sister-in-law, Marguerite Weimer and her husband Thelman, sister-in-law, Lois A. Barter of Falmouth; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sons, Bruce H. Barter in 2002 and David L. Barter in 2010; and two brothers, Otis Barter and Herbert Barter.
Relatives and friends may call at the First Baptist Church, 360 Canco Rd., Portland on Friday from 10-11 a.m., where memorial service and celebration of Forest's life will be held at 11 a.m. For further information and to sign Forests' guestbook, please go to wwwjonesrichhutchins. Arrangements are by Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, Portland.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Frederick Aronson, Stephanie and Julie and his entire staff during these last four years for the heartfelt care and compassion that was extended to Forest and also to the staff at Hospice of Southern Maine. The family would also like to thank Dr. Gary Green.
In lieu of flowers, contributions
may be made to:
So. Maine Cancer Center
100 Campus Dr.
Scarborough, Maine 04074
or Southern Maine Hospice
180 U.S. Rt. 1 #1
Scarborough, Maine 04074
or the Child Evangelism Fellowship
431 Campground Rd.
Livermore Falls, Maine 04245
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from July 30 to July 31, 2014
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"Saddened to learn of Mr Barter's passing. I have so many fond memories of you both, first at CVS at..."
- Cyndy Bizon
"Doris, My family is saddened by your loss and our payers are with you and your family."
- Bill LePage
"Doris, I was so saddened to read of Forest's death. He was such a fine man and a loving and kind..."
"No greater family to anchor down the corner of Bolton and Brighton.He got great pleasure releasing the..."
- Peter Brennan
"No better family to anchor down the corner of Bolton and Brighton. He truly was a gentle giant who loved..."
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