Burchard True Ranger, 89: Army veteran, carpenter, enjoyed the outdoors

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FALMOUTH — Burchard True Ranger, 83, died peacefully March 8, at his residence in Falmouth. His son, Scott, and daughter, Shelley, were at his side.

He was born July 5, 1930, in Temple, a son of Herbert and Harriet Ranger. He lived all over Maine as a youth. His parents eventually moved to Falmouth where he graduated from high school and was a “four letter man” playing many sports. His favorites being basketball and baseball, and Ranger also played American Legion baseball.

Ranger served three years in the U.S. Army, including 18 months in Korea during the Korean War. He ultimately achieved the rank of master sergeant, earned the Korean Service medal with three bronze stars, a presidential unit commendation and national defense medal. He also served three years in the Maine National Guard.

After his army service, he learned carpentry under the G.I. Bill. He owned his own contracting business in the Portland area, building many custom quality homes and specializing in finish carpentry.

He married Patricia Thurston, of Falmouth, in 1955, who predeceased him in 2006. He built his own home in Falmouth. and moved in with her on March 2, 1959, the same night his son was born. While living in Falmouth he was a member of the Falmouth Zoning Board and Falmouth Jaycees and coached Little League baseball.

Ranger was an avid fisherman and hunter, and an expert wood carver. He also enjoyed cooking, camping, gardening, his dogs and trips to Moosehead Lake with family and friends, where he had a lake front cabin for almost 40 years.

He is survived by his son, Scott; daughter, Shelley; brother, Lloyd, of Falmouth; and sister, Betty Goldsmith, of Bucksport.

At his request there will be no visiting hours or local service. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to American Cancer Society , 1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Topsham, ME 04086 or Natural Resources Council of Maine, 3 Wade St., Augusta, ME 04330.

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