WASHINGTON - Roland R. Luce, 92, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 18, 2014, at the VA Maine Healthcare Systems-Togus with his loving family by his side. He was born in Union on May 17, 1921, the son of the late Ralph and Daisy Pease Luce. Roland grew up in North Union and attended schools in Burkettville and Washington. After leaving school, he joined the workforce and held various jobs before joining the Army and serving his country during World War II. Roland served in the European Theater and was involved with the Battle of the Bulge. After his service, he returned home to his wife, Anna, and their two children.
Utilizing the GI Bill, Roland went back to school for refrigeration repair. He turned this new skill into a career as he became the owner of the local Maytag store in Waldoboro. Along with refrigeration repair he also worked on radios and television. After his time at the store he joined the team at Bath Iron Works where he would work as a pipe coverer until he retired.
Roland was always on the go and had various hobbies that he enjoyed. He dealt with antiques, at one point in time running a store in Washington Village. He also enjoyed spending time at auctions and was always on the hunt for a good deal. He loved watching sulky racing at the fairs and enjoyed spending time at Hollywood Slots. He was a fan of the Boston Red Sox and played baseball himself in his younger years for the town team in Washington.
Roland wintered in Florida near Ocala and Silver Springs for 19 years. He stayed active there, and occasionally played golf in his spare time. While in Maine, he spent his time staying very busy with various organizations. He was a Scout leader, a past commander and charter member at the Farrar-Ross Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9437, a member of the Knox County Liars Club, and the oldest member of Mount Olivet Mason Lodge in Washington, having served for 70-plus years.
A time of gathering will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014, at Hall Funeral Home, 949 Main St., Waldoboro. A Masonic service will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday during visitation. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, with pastor Tim Lewis officiating at Hall Funeral Home, Waldoboro.
Roland was predeceased by his loving wife of 66 years, Anna Luce; a sister, Evelyn Hatch; and brother Raymond Pease.
He is survived by his sons, Ronald Luce, and wife Linda, of Washington, Larry Luce and wife Joann, of Washington, and Dennis Luce and wife Sylvia, of Sidney; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one niece and one nephew.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mount Olivet Masonic Lodge, 48 Liberty Road, Washington, ME 04574; or to the VFW, 292 Razorville Road, Washington, ME 04574.
You are invited to share your condolences with the family by visiting their Book of Memories at www.hallfuneralhomes.com.
Hall Funeral Home, 949 Main Street, Waldoboro, is caring for the family.