Gordon R. Espling

Feb 19, 1928 - Apr 3, 2017

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Bangor and Caribou - Gordon R. Espling, 89, passed away on April 3, 2017, at the Maine Veterans' Home in Bangor. A retired military, businessman, educator and civic leader, he was born in Caribou on February 19, 1928, the son of Alf and Judith Espling. He attended the Caribou school system and graduated with honors in 1946.
He entered the US Army in 1950 and retired as a Major in 1988. Gordon earned an Associate Degree from Unity College and a BS in Business/Accounting from Husson College in 1983. In 1986 he earned an MBA from Embry Riddle College, Rome, NY. Gordon worked for the Aroostook Republican in Caribou for many years. He was a founding partner of Aroostook Office Supply, and later became owner. In 1977 he was named first Purchasing Agent to Aroostook County Government and later served as assistant to the County Commissioners. He was a lecturer at the Maine County Commissioners' Annual Convention.
From 1984 to 1993 Gordon was a Federal Government Civil Service member serving in various capacities of Accounting and Management at Fort Drum, NY. He later transferred to the US Army Corps of Engineers in Waltham, MA, where he was Chief of Military Construction Accounting. Gordon was past presidents of the Caribou Chamber of Commerce and Caribou Lions Club. He also served on the Caribou Board of Education. A lifelong proponent for higher education, he taught management and accounting courses at Husson College at Loring Air Force Base, Jefferson Community College in Watertown, NY, and the University of Maine at Fort Kent.
Gordon loved to reminisce about hunting/fishing trips to the Allagash and traveling with his wife, Priscilla. After retirement they enjoyed wintering in Boynton Beach and summering at their home in Eagle Lake, surrounded by family. He loved reading history books and writing articles for Echoes Magazine. He was very proud of his Swedish heritage. Gordon was a lifelong member of Gustaf Adolph Lutheran Church of New Sweden, served on the Board of Directors and as auditor. For the past two years he and Priscilla have resided in Bangor.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Maine Veterans' Home for the wonderful care provided. Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Priscilla Doyle Espling, and their three children: Kim Espling and wife Peggy from Woodland; Patty Gagnon and husband Dave from Madison, NH; and Craig Espling from Brewer; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; his sister Greta Cote and husband Delston from Cream Ridge, NJ, and several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Constance Beckwith.
Visiting hours with the family will be on Friday, April 7th, 2017, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at the Gustaf Adolph Lutheran Church in New Sweden, ME, followed by a funeral at 2:00 p.m. A reception will be in Svea Hall after the funeral. A private burial service will be at the St. Louis Cemetery in Fort Kent at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gustaf Adolph Lutheran Church, 29 Capitol Hill Rd., New Sweden, ME 4762.
Published on  April 5, 2017
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