Ronald's Story

MARIAVILLE - Ronald E. Dority passed away peacefully from Alzheimer's complications May 27, 2016. He was born July 6, 1937 to Erland E. Dority and Verna MacLeod Dority.

He was a lifelong resident of Mariaville, Maine. Ron graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1956. After high school he enlisted in the U. S. Air Force as an aircraft mechanic. He served four years during which time he served in Korea, Japan, Okinawa, and Webb Air Force Base in Big Spring, Texas.

Upon returning to Maine, Ron served in the Maine Air National Guard in Bangor beginning in 1961 to 1963 and then worked full time for the Bangor ANG until his retirement in 1997. Many of his years he was crew chief on KC135 refueling aircraft and retired as Master Sergeant.

Ron also served as the Mariaville plumbing inspector for forty years. During this time he also served on the Mariaville School Board for 17 years, many of those years as chairman and was the town Health Officer.

Ron loved farming and maintained his small family farm until his illness. He also possessed a great gift for mechanical problem solving and ran a saw mill on his property that provided lumber to many in the area.

Ronald is survived by Mary (ne Covington), his wife and help-mate of 56 years; his sons, Kenneth (Lynn) and daughter London of Dallas, TX; Michael (Muriel) and children Paul and Evelyn, of Ann Arbor, MI; and Allan (Becky) of Newport, NH survive him as well. He is also survived by his sister, Cynthia O'Neill (Don) of Bar Harbor.

A small memorial service was held at Togus VA hospital on Friday. No further funeral services are planned. The Dority family would like to express their profound appreciation to the dedicated staff of the Alzheimer's Care and Hospice Units of the Togus VA Medical Center in Augusta, where he had received care for his last two months.

Those who wish may make donations in lieu of flowers to Mariaville Volunteer Fire Department, 2171 Mariaville Road, Mariaville, Maine 04605 or the Hospice and Palliative Care Unit, Togus VAMC, 1 VA Center, Augusta, ME, 04330.
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