Augusta ~ Ernest E. Flanders, 91, of Riverside Drive, died Sunday, March 30, 2014 at the Maine Veterans Home, with his wife and family by his side.
Bud was born on August 11, 1922, in Augusta, the son of Charles P. Flanders, Sr. and Mary E (Lee) Flanders.
Bud graduated from Cony High School, Class of 1940, where he participated in baseball and ice hockey.
After graduation he worked for Civilian Defense, and from there to the State House Post Office. While working there, in 1942, Bud enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. His training took him to Mobile Ala., Gulfport Miss., and Douglas Aircraft in Calif. He served for over 3 years with the 12th Army Air Corps, 91st Air Service Squadron. His “Battles and Campaigns” included Rome, Arno, and Ardennes.
His decorations and citations were; Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, European African Middle Eastern Theatre Campaign Ribbon, American Theatre Campaign Ribbon. He was Honorably Discharged on Nov. 10, 1945 from Fort Devens, Mass.
Following his Discharge, he was employed for a period with the Employment Security Commission. From there, he went in business with his father at Flanders Garage until the business was sold. In 1962, Bud was employed for several months at CMP, and then back to work for the State. He worked for the State Bureau of Public Improvements as a mechanic foreman, retiring in 1984 with a total of 25 years of State service.
Ernest E. Flanders and Ethelyn Elizabeth McCone gave their vows to one another on September 25, 1954, and there followed married bliss for these many years.
Bud and his wife enjoyed bowling after they both retired, also “trailering” and camping for over 35 years; traveling to P.E.I. several times, and to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, the Midwest, and coastal spots in Maine. Later years were spent at their camp on Togus Pond, which Bud built.
Bud was a member of the American Legion Post #2, the AARP, W.L.A. Assoc., the Kennebec Valley Humane Society, the Young Road Owner’s Assoc., and Maine Association of Retirees.
He and his wife loved dogs, and over the years had 3 “Brittanies”, and their current English Springer Spaniel.
Bud was predeceased by his parents, by 2 brothers, Charles P. Flanders, Jr. and Lee H. Flanders, and three sisters E. June Flanders Camitta, Bernice Flanders Johnson, and Mary Flanders Hubbard.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years; a sister-in law, Mrs. Lee Matilda Flanders of Fort Myers, Florida; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and his beloved Springer, Emma.
Bud’s favorite poem was:
“I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky;
And all I ask is a tall ship, and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick, and the wind’s song, and the white sail’s shaking;
And a gray mist on the sea’s face, and a gray dawn breaking.”
There will be no visiting hours or funeral. A committal service with military honors will be held at 1:00pm Friday, April 4, in the chapel at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Mount Vernon Road, Augusta, and we give thanks in advance for your attendance.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions to the Kennebec Valley Humane Society, 10 Pet Haven Lane, Augusta; the Salvation Army, Northern New England Division, 297 Cumberland Ave, Portland, 04101 or the Maine Veterans Home, 310 Cony Road, Augusta 04330, with our thanks for your assistance and understanding.
Memories, condolences and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the website at www.khrfuneralhomes.com