Richard Banker, 82, of Thorndike passed away Feb. 15, 2013, with his family beside him. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Patricia (Hustus) Banker, two sons Chris and wife Cathy of Thorndike, and Jerry of Florida, as well as five grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

Dick was born Sept. 19, 1930, in Cambridge, Mass., the son of Charles and Annie (Parsons) Banker.

He was a grange member for 66 years. The last 20 years he was an active member of the Harvest Moon Grange no. 57 in Thorndike where he has held the offices of master, overseer, lecturer and on the executive committee; Waldo Pomona no. 12 as master and steward; and deputy of the Maine State Grange for eight years. He was also a member of the Thorndike Congregational Church. He was selectman for the town of Thorndike for three years.

As a young man, he entered the U.S. Navy and was transferred into the Marine Corp. He is a veteran of the Korean War where he was in intelligence while stationed in Palestine.

Dick was a carpenter by trade and also worked as an electrician and oil burner/air conditioner technician.

He is survived by one sister, Margaret Martin of Connecticut, five sisters-in-law Inez Williams of Thorndike, Lois Austin of Lyman, Sally Collin of Florida, Jacquie Ludden of Jackson and Martha Banker of California, as well as several nieces and nephews, and a special nephew Terry Williams of Brewer.

He was pre-deceased by his parents, three brothers Charles Jr., Clarence (Lucky), and Norman; three sisters Ellen Hardy and husband Ed, Alice Lord and husband Ralph, and Ruth Estes and husband Elmer; his father and mother-in law Lauriston and Harriet Hustus; four brothers-in-law Lauriston Hustus Jr., Ernest Austin, Darwin Ludden and Everett Williams; a special sister-in-law Mary Banker; a special family friend Norman Shibles; and his best friend Mike Reynolds.

Donations in Dick’s memory can be made to Thorndike Congregational Church, P.O. Box 51, Thorndike, Maine, 04986.

Arrangements are under the care of Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave. Belfast, Maine.

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