Dr. Richard Stanley Soper Jr.
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VERONA ISLAND - Dr. Richard Stanley Soper Jr., 81 passed away peacefully in the evening of December 27 surrounded by his family at EMMC in Bangor. He was born in Castine Maine August 17, 1937 son to Richard Stanley Soper Sr. and Frances Elizabeth Soper. He was the devoted loving husband of 61 years to his wife, predeceased, Irene Phyllis Murch (8/16/1939 - 10/11/17).
He was a loving father to three beautiful daughters Lynn Soper of Bucksport, Karen and husband Ben Rump of Bucksport and Heather Soper and life partner David Holmes Jr. of Plymouth, Maine and survived by his brother Brent H. Soper, Aunt Virginia S Davis and her husband Dave Davis, six grandchildren Jason and Orion Ellsworth, Christopher Phelan-Soper, Jessica McCoskey, David Mushrall and Aaron Rice; eight great-grandchildren Alice, Cassius, Stella, Noah, Cylas, Chloe, Michael and Connor.
Richard loved hunting, fishing, gardening, camping, video gaming with grandkids, going out to breakfast, loved opera and classical music, traveled around the world many times for the United States Department of Agriculture Washington, D.C., was in the naval reserves, was a Mason, an eagle scout, a research leader with extensive publications including and not limited to: 75 citations, 3 patents on production of insect fungi and 5 book chapters, and became area director of microbial biological control for the US Gov. for the state of Georgia. He earned many awards in his lifetime.
He attended University of Maine in Orono 1959 -1961 and went on to Cornell University in Ithaca N.Y. on a (NIH Fellowship) earned his Ph.D. in 1974 in Entomology, minors in Mycology and Ecology.
He directed the allocation of resources for many Multi-million program funds for many research locations including overseas laboratories in Argentina, Australia, China, France, Greece, Italy and Korea. Domestic programs encompass classical, augmentation, conservation and microbial biological control. The programs include genetic engineering of natural enemies as well as more traditional utilization of biocontrol agents. The programs focus strategically on solving societal issues of ground water quality, food safety and farmer profitability.
He spent more than 25 years researching insect pathology with over 10 years of administrative and supervisory management towards impacting favorably on our nation's ability to maintain its dominant role in agriculture.

We are grateful the family spent one last holiday season with him, he will be remembered and, in our hearts, forever.
Services to be held at Orland Methodist Church May 4 at 11:00 committal at Oak Grove Cemetery Orland. Followed by memories food and slide show at 16 West Side Drive Verona. Arrangements by Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home, Bucksport. Please visit Richard and Irene's Memorial Facebook page below and share stories of their life. www.facebook.com/groups/150652512120691/?source=create_flow
Published on April 26, 2019

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