SEBEC - Lester Edwin Buck, 91, loving husband of Olive N. Strout Buck, passed away June 2, 2012, at his home. He was born Nov. 12, 1920, in Atkinson, the son of Grover Cleveland Buck and Vera McCorrison Buck. He was a World War II veteran serving in the Army and was a member of American Legion Post No. 29. After leaving the service, Lester and Olive lived in Greenville beside Moosehead Lake for six years while saving up money to buy a farm in East Dover. After clearing and fencing the fields, digging holes for a power line, and building up a herd of 20 cows, Lester's allergies to cows caused them to relocate to a wild blueberry farm in Sebec. Lester especially loved keeping bees and working in the woods. In 1982 he received the Outstanding Farmer award presented by Piscataquis County Extension Association. In 2008 Lester and Olive were named Cooperator of the Year by Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District. He is survived by his wife of 66 years; two daughters and spouses, Nancy B. and W. Louis Sidell Jr. of Guilford and Lorraine G. and James Catlin of Harpswell; four grandchildren, Janelle Dunn of Durham, Tana Catlin of Cape Coral, Fla., Jamie Chanthabouly of Hampton, Va., and Barry Catlin of Harpswell; and five great-grandchildren. A celebration of Lester's life will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, June 10, for family, with an open house afterward, 2-5 p.m. at his daughter's home, 33 Oak St., Guilford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sebec's 200th Anniversary Celebration, where Lester was looking forward to being honored in July as the oldest citizen. Donations may be mailed to Bicentennial Celebration, Town of Sebec, 29 North Road, Sebec, ME 04481.
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Published in BDN Maine on June 4, 2012