AUGUSTA - Ernest E. Flanders, 91, of Riverside Drive, died Sunday, March 30, 2014, at the Maine Veterans' Home with his wife and family by his side.
Bud was born on Aug. 11, 1922, in Augusta, the son of Charles P. Flanders Sr. and Mary E. (Lee) Flanders.
Bud graduated from Cony High School, class of 1940, where he participated in baseball and ice hockey.
After graduation he worked for Civil Defense, and from there he went to the State House Post Office. While working there, in 1942, Bud enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces. His training took him to Mobile, Ala., Gulfport, Miss., and Douglas Aircraft in California. He served for more than three years with the 12th Army Air Corps, 91st Air Service Squadron.
His "battles and campaigns" included Rome, Arno and Ardennes.
His decorations and citations were Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, European African Middle Eastern Theatre Campaign Ribbon and American Theatre Campaign Ribbon. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 10, 1945, from Fort Devens, Mass.
Following his discharge, he was employed for a period by the Employment Security Commission. From there, he went into business with his father at Flanders Garage until the business was sold. In 1962, Bud was employed for several months by Central Maine Power Co., and then went back to work for the state. He worked for the state Bureau of Public Improvements as a mechanic foreman, retiring in 1984 with a total of 25 years of state service.
Ernest E. Flanders and Ethelyn Elizabeth McCone gave their vows to one another on Sept. 25, 1954, and there followed married bliss for these many years.
Bud and his wife enjoyed bowling after they both retired, also "trailering" and camping for more than 35 years, traveling to Prince Edward Island several times, and to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, the Midwest and coastal spots in Maine. Later years were spent at their camp that Bud built on Togus Pond.
Bud was a member of American Legion Post 2, AARP, W.L.A. Association, the Kennebec Valley Humane Society, the Young Road Owners' Association and Maine Association of Retirees.
He and his wife loved dogs and over the years had three Brittanies, and their current English springer spaniel.
Bud was predeceased by his parents; two brothers, Charles P. Flanders Jr. and Lee H. Flanders; and three sisters, E. June Flanders Camitta, Bernice Flanders Johnson and Mary Flanders Hubbard.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years; a sister-in law, Mrs. Lee Matilda Flanders, of Fort Myers, Fla.; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and his beloved springer, Emma.
Bud's favorite poem was:
"I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky;
And all I ask is a tall ship, and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel's kick, and the wind's song, and the white sail's shaking;
And a gray mist on the sea's face, and a gray dawn breaking."
There will be no visiting hours or funeral. A committal service with military honors will be at 1 p.m. Friday, April 4, in the chapel at the Maine Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, Mount Vernon Road, Augusta, and we give thanks in advance for your attendance.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions to the Kennebec Valley Humane Society, 10 Pet Haven Lane, Augusta; the Salvation Army, Northern New England Division, 297 Cumberland Ave., Portland 04101; or the Maine Veterans' Home, 310 Cony Road, Augusta 04330; with our thanks for your assistance and understanding.
Memories, condolences and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the website at www.khrfuneralhomes.com.