Larry S. MacFarlane

Litchfield-Larry S. MaFarlane, 81 of the Plains Rd. and forty year resident of Litchfield, Maine, went home to be with his Lord, on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at his home. Larry was born in Augusta, Maine, August 31, 1932, to Dorothy Wing and Rodney MacFarlane. As a young lad, he grew up at Peacock Tavern, Richmond. He attended schools in Augusta, Richmond, and Gardiner, graduating from Gardlner High School in 1950. He -immediately signed up to be a proud Marine and served his country for 21 yrs. His duty stations included Camp Lejeune, N. C. two tours. He served twice as a drill instructor at Parris island, producing honor platoons. Larry spent three yrs at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Calif. Another three yrs. Larry spent on independent duty with the I&I Staff, Garden City, Long Island, N.Y. One of his extra duties at this time was heading Toys for Tots. He spent a tour at Cherry Point, S.C. He loved to travel and visited Scotland, Turkey, the Caribbean and Mediterranean areas, Vegas, Japan and Vietnam courtesy of Uncle Sam. A favorite duty station was Argentia, Newfoundland, where he served as 'traffic judge. He married during his military service his childhood sweetheart, Barbara Mooers. Together they had three children, Michael, David, and Victoria. Took in several strays over the years: Keleigh Brown, Bob Chapman, Lisa Sokol, and Timmy Jewell. Their home was always full of people, children, and pets. Larry was proud of the fact he went from the rank of private to Captain; receiving this rank in Newfoundland. There is a special category for this, a Marine Mustang. Some of the military positions held- Operations Communications Chief, Traffic Chief, Radio Communicator- He was a Special Advisor to the Vietnam Marines and 'learned to speak their language. Further education included: 2nd Anglico Air, East Carolina College, Univ. of Maryland, Correspondence Courses, Special Warfare School, Ft. Bragg, N.C., Military justice in the Navy, Public Speaking, Communications, Instructor and Basic Officers training at Quantico, Virginia. After retiring from the service, he furthered his education attending courses at Univ. of Maine, Augusta. Metals awarded: Bronze Star with Combat "V", Navy Commendation Medal with 1 Gold Star. Purple Heart, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 class, Republic of Vietnam Honor Medal, 1st Class, Pistol and Rifle Expert Badges and Good Conduct, 5th Award. During his service time Larry worked part time tending bar and at Sears. Larry worked many different occupations after his military service. He tried painting, contracting, car repair, lawn mowing and maintenance with his sons and grandson Christopher. For the state of Maine he served 'in Teacher Placement and under HHRA personnel at AMHI for F rank Barclay. A friendship was established here and later when Frank was Commander of Post 2 American Legion, Augusta, Maine, Larry served as his adjutant. He also filled in here as part-time bar tender and bouncer on dance nights. He served the Augusta National Guard for several yrs as bartender in their canteen, Augusta armory. Larry is a life-time member of the American Legion. He was a member of the VFW, Elks, Moose, and Marine Corps League. He is a former President of the St. Andrews Society of Maine, and was proud of his Scots heritage. He made it possible for many youth to learn drums and bagpiping. Larry received a Distinguished Service Award from MCL Detachment #708 for his service on the Honor Guard detail at Bushnell National Cemetery. His hobbies were gardening, fishing and lazing around Pleasant Pond, having lived in Litchfield for forty years with his wife and family. For a number of years Barbara and Larry went to Florida winters, living in the Brooksville area. Here he grew flowers and took time to smell the roses. We had fun chasing Mickey Mouse and doing all the other tourist things. Another interest that consumed him was playing pool. Larry owed his own cue stick and was always looking for a challenge. His grandson !an was deeply into ice hockey, and Larry followed his career closely. One of the highlights of his life was going to Innsbruck, Austria, to the winter games to see Ian play. He took advantage at this time to visit Pompeii, Rome, and The Vatican in Italy and to see some of Germany. He went up high into the Alps and took in the snowboarding and skiing. He took a side visit to the cliffs opposite Mt. Vesuvius. Larry and Barbara visited Scotland twice and checked out Arrochar, home of the MacFariane clan. Together they did a lot of work on their genealogy. Larry was a collector at stamps, coins, Scottish water pitchers, having over one hundred of them. He had an extensive collection of Goofy memorabilia. He was also very interested in photography. In his lifetime he was affiliated with the Methodist and Baptist churches, becoming a member and serving his Lord. He is predeceased by grandparents, Claude and Madeline Wing and Howard and Rosa MacFarlane; mother, Dorothy Wing Mason, all of Augusta, ME; father, Rodney MacFarlane of Florida; and a brother Stiles MacFarlane. Survivors are his wife of 60 yrs. Barbara of Litchfield, ME, three children, Michael MacFarlane and wife Kathy of Portland, ME, David with his wife Joyce of Portland, ME, and Victoria with her husband John of Winslow, ME. He leaves three brothers, Kenneth and his wife Priscilla of Wallingford, CT; James MacFarlane of Quito, Ecuador; Claude and his wife Carrie of Santa Rosa, CA. He leaves four grandsons that all shared a major part of' his life: Brian, Ian, and Kyle Soldano, and Christopher MacFarlane. Larry leaves two great grandsons, Atreyu Emery and Logan Thomas Soldano; two nephews, James and Kenneth; niece, Stephanie, great nephew Lucas and great niece Katrina. Family and friends are invited to visit on Wed. October 2nd from 2 to 4pm at the funeral home. Burial with Military honors will be held at Maine Veterans' Memorial Cemetery Chapel, 163 Mt. Vernon Road, Augusta, on Friday, October 4th at 2pm. A Memorial Service will be held at Litchfieid Plains Baptist Church, 50 Plains Road, Litchfield on Oct. 19th at 11:30 with a reception to follow for friends and relatives

Per his requested in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter, 383 US Route 1, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04070