WARREN - Carrol L. Church, 82, died Monday, May 6, 2013, at his home after a period of declining health. Born Sept. 25, 1930, in Jonesport, he was the son of Charles A. and Susie E. Merchant Church.
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He was educated in local schools and was a 1949 graduate of Jonesport High School. After beginning studies at the University of Maine, Carrol enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1951. He served with the Air Force for 20 years, until his retirement in 1971, having attained the rank of staff sergeant. After his military discharge, Carrol moved back to Jonesport, and returned to college as a non-traditional student, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in education from the University of Southern Maine in 1976. He later moved to Rockland, where he was employed five years as a corrections officer at Maine State Prison. He married Elizabeth Wendelaar, May 29, 1987, in Rockland. The couple moved to Warren in 1999, where they have since resided. For several years, with his wife, Carrol, he attended Littlefield Memorial Baptist Church, Rockland. More recently he attended Warren Baptist Church. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America and United Bikers Association. For many years, and until retiring due to illness last year, he enjoyed volunteering at Owls Head Transportation Museum.
He was predeceased by his sister, Laura Chandler. Carrol is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; and many nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be held 3-5 p.m. Monday, May 13, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, at Ocean View Cemetery, Route 73, South Thomaston, with the Rev. Dr. Linwood Welch officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bread for the Journey Food Pantry, care of Warren Baptist Church, P.O. Box 294, Warren, ME 04864. To share a memory or condolence with Carrol's family, please visit his online Book of Memories at www.bchfh.com.
Published in BDN Maine on May 10, 2013