Robert L. Oxton, 89, of Bath Road, died Friday, Nov. 19, 2010, at Mid Coast Senior Health Center in Brunswick.

He was born in Beverly, Mass., April 23, 1921, a son of Leroy M. and Ardelle F. (Harriman) Oxton.

He attended Liberty schools and graduated from Walker Academy in Liberty. On Aug. 10, 1942, he entered the U.S. Army-Air Force. He served during World War II as a mechanic for 11 months in the European Theater in northern France. He received the Bronze Star after being injured in an airplane that caught on fire while on active duty.

On Sept. 15, 1943, he married Belma M. Simoes. He was employed at an oil field in California, at H.P. Small Cadillac and Pontiac Dealership in Bath as a mechanic, and was also an aircraft mechanic.

He was a member of the Disabled Americans Veterans and the Owls Head Transportation Museum. He enjoyed flying, hunting, and fixing engines and other things in his shop. He was the first person in Liberty to own a Harley motorcycle.

He was predeceased by his wife, Belma M. Oxton, March 17, 2000; a son, Richard A. Oxton, in 2003; a brother, Burleigh Oxton; and a sister, Dorothy Hynes.

He is survived by a son, Robert S. Oxton, and his wife, Joan M., of Bath; a sister, Evelyn Edgecomb, of Liberty; two grandchildren, Susan Rizzo and her husband, Mike, and Mollie Vinson and her husband, Jesse; four step-grandchildren, Frederick Henry, Johnathon Henry, Misty Murray and Rachel Fisette; two great-grandchildren, Jennifer Rizzo and David Vinson; many step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend their gratefulness to Dr. Rines and his gentle, compassionate manner with Robert and his family. Heartfelt thanks are also extended to the doctors and nurses at Mid Coast Hospital and the Bodwell House Hospice Care, where he spent his last days surrounded with love and comfort.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, Nov. 27, at 2 p.m. at Greenlawn Cemetery in Wiscasset with military honors. A celebration of his life will follow at the American Legion on Congress Avenue in Bath.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Mid Coast Hospital c/o Nurse’s Activity Fund, P.O. Box 279, Brunswick, ME 04011.

Arrangements are with  Daigle Funeral Home, 40 Federal St., Wiscasset. Condolences may be offered online at Daiglefuneralhome.com.