Karle E. Learned, 83: Longtime police officer also served others as pastor

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WINDHAM — Karle Edward Learned, 83, a former longtime officer of the Portland Police Department, died Nov. 13, surrounded by his family.

Learned was born Sept. 2, 1931, a son of Edward and Marion Doughty Learned. He grew up on Munjoy Hill and attended Portland High School.

He joined the U.S. Army as a teen, and served for 10 years in the military police. He went on to serve with the PPD for 21 years, retiring as a lieutenant. He was instrumental in creating the police cadet program in Portland, and served for many years as president of the local Police Benevolent Association.

Several years ago, Learned took a course offered by Bangor Theological Seminary, and became a licensed Baptist lay pastor. He and his wife, Patricia, conducted a ministry in local nursing homes.

Learned was a former president of the Woodfords Club, and proudly served as the vice commander of the Windham VFW post. He was also recently appointed a chaplain of the American Legion.

He was predeceased by his parents, sisters, Avis and Edna, and brother, Elwin. He was also predeceased by his daughter, Judith Ann, and son, Karle Edward Jr.

He is survived by his brother, Leroy, of Auburn, Washington; daughters, Sheryl DeRoche and husband, Benjamin, of Hollis, and Karen Clark and husband, James, of Buxton; granddaughters, Kristie Gaines, of Bath, Kelly Stacey and husband, Joseph, of Biddeford, and Stephanie Christiana, of Buxton; grandson, Timothy Gaines, of Gray; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He also leaves his wife, Patricia, of Windham, her children, Paula, Heidi, Carl and Peter, and their extended families.

A funeral will be held Saturday, Nov. 22, at noon, at the Bible Believing Baptist Church, 92 Center Road, Gray.

There will a visiting hour at 11 a.m., and refreshments at the church following the service.

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