Raymond E. Drown
September 14, 1934 - April 21, 2018
Service Date: April 26, 2018
Calling hours for Ray will be held on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Autumn Green Funeral Home, 47 Oak St., in Alfred where a funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 26th at 11:00 a.m. Committal prayers and military honors will immediately follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Alfred. Refreshments and memories of Ray may be shared following the burial back at Autumn Green.
Raymond E. Drown, 83, a longtime resident of Alfred, proud Veteran and longtime conservationist, died peacefully with his loving family by his side, on April 21, 2018 at Southern Maine Healthcare in Biddeford.
Ray was born in Alfred on September 14, 1934, the son of Harland and Ethelyn (Foye) Drown.
Ray attended elementary school in town and graduated from Sanford High School with the Class of 1952. He began working for Shepherd and Morse sawmill in Alfred for a couple of years before he enlisted with the United States Air Force; serving from 1954 – 1958 and was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Ray worked for Pioneer Plastic in Sanford and then began a long and rewarding career as a pipe fitter at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Ray met his future wife, Barbara, one night while playing card games at the Grange Hall in town. He was smitten and they were married December 22, 1961. Ray adopted Barbara’s five children into his heart and he and Barbara nurtured and loved them unconditionally.
Following Ray’s retirement for the shipyard, he was able to volunteer his time and talents to his beloved hometown of Alfred. He was a third-generation Mainer who grew up hunting in the woods in the Massabesic Experimental Forest, 3800 acres of undeveloped land in Alfred and Lyman. Ray and Clayton Carl became unofficial stewards of the forest; each week they would walk the trail and pick up the trash that was left behind. With the help of many good Samaritans, the forest is thriving and a special place for folks to enjoy.
Ray was also proud to belong to the American Legion Brown Emmons Post #134 and a longtime fellow Mason with Fraternal Lodge # 55 AF & AM, both in Alfred. Ray served on the Veterans Committee and the Conservation Committee for his beloved hometown. For many years, Ray and others decorated the graves in all the cemeteries in the town of Alfred with an American flag or setting the military markers. It wasn’t unusual to see Ray and his friend since 3rd grade, Jack Scott, solving the world’s problems and sharing jokes around town.
Ray was a naturalist before the word became fashionable. He built several duck houses that were placed around Estes Lake and ponds in the area. For relaxation, Ray and Barbara enjoyed taking the “long way” up through Greenville and enjoying the natural beauty of Prince Edward Island. Most folks would describe Ray as being a curmudgeon; stern, crusty and stubborn – but deep down he was a softy and truly loved his family and community. He will be dearly missed by his family and his many friends.
He is lovingly survived by his wife, Barbara Drown of Alfred; his children, Gloria Hussey and husband Nelson of Springvale; Susan Lewis and husband Michael of Midland, Texas; Monty Drown and wife Bernice of Springvale; Debbie Drown Travis of No. Berwick; and Gail Ouellette and husband Ron of Alfred; eight grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren; three brothers-in-law, Clifford and Barbara Leach, Bradley and Helen Leach, Robert and Terry Leach and one sister-in-law, Ruth Nadeau.
Ray was predeceased by his sister, Carolyn Mitchell and by two grandsons, Brandon Ouellette and Lance Laskey.
Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, April 25th from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Autumn Green Funeral Home, 47 Oak St., in Alfred where a funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Committal prayers and military honors will be at Evergreen Cemetery.
You are cordially invited to visit and share refreshments at Autumn Green following the burial.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Veteran’s Committee or the Conservation Committee, C/O Alfred Town Hall, P.O. Box 850, Alfred, ME 04002.
The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.