Lester's Story

CORINTH-KENDUSKEAG - Lester V. Bean, 91, died August 7, 2014 with his loving family by his side at the Veteran's home in Bangor after his battle with COPD and cancer. He was born Oct 11, 1922 in Presque Isle, the son of Dudley and Belle (Achorn) Bean Lester grew up in East Corinth, attended East Corinth Academy and served as a technical sergeant in radio communications in the U.S. Marines during WWII at Guadalcanal and Green Islands in the South Pacific. After the war, he married Roberta Strout of Bradford and in February, they celebrated 67yrs together. He was a fireman with the Canadian Pacific Railroad, worked construction and ran a poultry farm for 12yrs in Hampden and Winslow. After retiring in 1985 as a truck driver for Lyle Pierce, Inc., of Newport, he took up cooking while Roberta continued to work. His baked beans and rolls were a hit at all family gatherings which he enjoyed so much. Whenever you visited, he always wanted you to stay to eat; gave up cooking only a few months ago. He was a founding and lifetime member of the American Legion of Corinth.

At 86, one of his life highlights was going to Campbellton, N.B. and meeting his 96yr old sister Iva Osgood for the first time, then having Iva's family come for a gathering to meet rest of family with 96 in attendance.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Roberta (Strout)Bean are his children; Carlah & Wayne Bishop of Kenduskeag, Ruthena & Raylan Brasslett of Glenburn, Lester, Jr (Bud), Rodney & Deanna all of Bangor, Robert & Dotty of Newport, Myrna & Adolph Martin of Turner, Joanna Galkowski of Rockland and Verna & Peter Hussey of Winslow. 25 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. Brothers, Herbert & Audrey of Bangor and Winston & Priscilla of Blacksburg, Va. Sisters, Iva Osgood of Campbellton, N.B., Ella Duran of Portland and Glennis Downing of Palmyra. Sisters-in-law, Rita Bean and Joyce Mailman of Corinth; Geneva Allen of Bradford; many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by brothers, Franklin, Willis, and Ralph; sisters, Marion, Avis Kee, Anna Keough and a grandson, Jeremy Bean. The family wishes to thank the Vet's home for the wonderful care given to him.

Relatives and friends are welcome to call from 2-4 and 6-8pm, Monday, Aug 11 at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St, Bangor, where a funeral service will be held 1:00pm Tuesday Aug 12 with Dalton Dunfee, officiating. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith 163 Center St, immediately following the service. At the conclusion of the reception, Interment with military honors will be held in the Corinthian Cemetery, Exeter Rd, Corinth. Those who wish to remember Lester in a special way may make gifts in his memory to Maine Veteran's Home Activities account, 44 Hogan Rd, Bangor, Me 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com
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