Howard Herbert passed away Sunday, June 4, 2017, at Tall Pines in Belfast. Howard was born Dec. 13, 1921, to Thirza (Cross) and George Herbert in Waldo, the youngest of five.

He met his beautiful bride at Poors Mills Dance Hall, where they learned to dance. They were sweethearts throughout high school and were married Oct. 3, 1940, in Morrill.

A year later he bought a farm on Rowe Hill in Morrill and developed what was known as Hill Top Poultry Farm, one of the largest poultry farms in the state of Maine during the mid-1950s. He also ran a sawmill, built roads, did carpentry, worked in the woods with his horses and was a deputy sheriff for 20 years.

In 1969, Howard sold his farm on Rowe Hill and built his new home in the village. Howard started a construction business and built 13 homes in the town of Morrill. The last home he built was his grandson Scott’s.

In 1977, Howard and Doris spent their first winter residing at Zephyr Shore Estates. It was the first of 20 winters there, enjoying retirement and serving on various committees in the park. Howard also served as director for several years at the Estates.

Howard served on the Board of Selectman for 11 years and two of those years as chairman. He was involved in many organizations like 4-H Club, Boy Scouts, and grange. He was most proud of belonging to the Masonic Order for more than 70 years.

Howard was a humble, trustworthy, dependable, generous friend. He loved his family, was a devoted son, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather.

Howard was predeceased by his parents; sisters Louise Joyce, Nell Thompson and Effie Herbert; and brother Freeman Herbert. He is survived by his wife of 75 years Doris; son Dennis and daughter-in-law Stephanie Herbert; grandson and granddaughter-in-law Scott and Dianna Herbert; his other grandchildren Stephen, Joshua and Rosanna; great-grandchildren Samantha, Craig and Jesse; great-great-grandchild Annabelle; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends are invited to call beginning at 2 p.m., with a memorial service held at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, June 10, at Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast. Memories and condolences may be shared at ripostafh.com.