Robert 'Bob' D. Mushrall

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Orland - Robert 'Bob' D. Mushrall died December 30, 2016, at EMMC. He was born at home February 23, 1933, the son of Maxime L. Mushrall and Elsie (Houle) Mushrall in Bucksport, Maine. Bob graduated from Bucksport High School in 1951. He was active in Boy Scouts, becoming an Eagle Scout and would often recite the Boy Scout Motto. Along with his brother Max and sister Charlene, he tap danced in many local variety shows until at 18, he told his mother "no more." After graduation Bob was hired at St. Regis Paper Mill in Bucksport. After a request from the Boy Scouts, he worked as Water Front Director at Camp Roosevelt while still receiving his mill pay. In 1952 Bob joined the US Air Force and served stateside during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged after 4 years with a rank of Staff Sergeant.
In 1953 Bob married his high school sweetheart, Annette McKeen. They made their home in Orland, Maine, and raised 4 children together. Bob and Annette belonged to the Couples Canoe Club and canoed the Allagash several times as well as the Okefenokee Swamp in the Florida Everglades. They also joined the Retreads Motorcycle Club, traveling through all 48 States and parts of Canada. Bob was also a part-time Deputy Sheriff in Hancock County. Bob retired from Champion Paper Mill after 37 years of employment to become Annette's caregiver when she was diagnosed with breast cancer until her death in 1989. Bob found happiness again and married his current wife, Marsha Littlejohn Lausier, in 1990.
Bob was an avid hunter, trapper, and fisherman. Bob was a member and past President of many area clubs and associations including The Family Snowmobile Club, The Alamoosook Lake Association, The Friends of Craig Brook, The Bucksport Rod and Gun Club, and the Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust. He earned Volunteer of the Year from the GPMCT. He also participated in the Audubon's Annual Loon Count on Dead River. While President of the Rod & Gun Club he arranged to have Maine's annual moose lottery held in Bucksport. Many people grew to know Bob when he served as a Ranger for the GPMCT, patrolling the Trust's road system. He was influential in having a helicopter site created on the Trust's land in case of a medical emergency. He continued with the GPMCT as a Community Advisor. Bob also served as Town Constable for Orland as well as serving on the Fish Committee and was Fish Warden. He worked with the Champion Paper Mill to have a Denil Fish Passage installed in the Orland River. This fish passage worked with a series of baffles to ensure a large migration of alewives would be able to make it into area lakes for their yearly spawning. Bob was also a member of the American Legion Post 157.
Bob is survived by his wife Marsha Mushrall, daughters Bonnie Kneeland and her husband Jeffrey, Kim McKeen, Lisa Mushrall and her husband Mark Jacoby, and son Robert Mushrall II and his fiancée Julie Ellis. He is also survived by his sister Mary Charlene DiBiase and her husband Richard, sisters-in-law Barbara Mushrall, Elizabeth McKeen, and Janis McKeen, 11 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and his 70 pound lap dog, Jet. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother Max, his granddaughter Jessie Griffin, and his first wife Annette.
Friends may call at the Mitchell Tweedie Funeral Home, 28 Elm St., Bucksport, ME, on Friday, January 6th 2017, from 5 to 8 p.m. His ashes will be interred at a later date for family. A reception will not follow the visitation at this time, but will be held on July 2nd at Bob and Marsha's home in Orland. A Bean Hole Bean Bake, a famous tradition of Bob's, will be held to honor Bob's life and achievements. In lieu of flowers, friends may donate to GPMCT, PO Box 266, Orland, ME 04472 or a charity of one's choice. In closing I will offer a famous bit of advice from Bob, "Keep your powder dry." www.mitchelltweedie-young.com
Published on  January 3, 2017
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