Lawrence N. Dolley Jr., 92: World War II aerial gunner, loved the outdoors
FALMOUTH — Lawrence N. Dolley Jr., 92, died peacefully at his home Oct. 26.
He was born in Portland on March 2, 1921, the son of Lawrence Dolley Sr. and Ellen Hall Jensen, and the stepson of Henry I. Jensen. He attended Falmouth schools and joined the military in 1941. He was trained as an aerial gunner and was stationed at Hickam Field in Hawaii during the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. He was later transferred to Italy where he flew 14 combat missions over Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Italy and Germany in a B-24L as a belly gunner. He flew with the 758th Bombardment Squadron and the 459th Bombardment group. He was discharged in 1945 with a Bronze Battle Star, E.A. M. E. Theater ribbon and two Air Medals.
Following his discharge, he married Lorraine Pettengill, his loving wife of 67 years. After his military service, he worked for the Maine Warden Service patrolling the forests in Franklin, then in the Farmington area. He then worked for the Educator Biscuit Company as a route salesman and driver serving most of Maine. He finally retired after working for Pineland Training Center as a groundskeeper and bus driver. In his retirement, he drove cars for Avis Rental.
He loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman and hunter. He loved to tell stories about his experiences in the fields, woods and streams of Maine. Some of his favorites stem from his short stint as a guide out of Grace Pond Camps in Upper Enchanted Township in the late '40s. He was particularly proud of his membership into the Biggest Bucks in Maine Club with a 225-pounder he shot in Andover. Dolley enjoyed watching old western movies and outdoor fishing and hunting shows on television.
He is survived by his wife, Lorraine; daughter Nadine Serber, and husband, Mark; grandchildren Deanna Gouzie and husband, Jeffrey, and Christopher Serber and wife, Kimberly; great-grandchildren, Daniel Gouzie, Eliza Gouzie and Tanner Gouzie, Addison Serber and Lilah Serber; and brother John Jensen and wife, Joannie.
The family wishes to give thanks to the loving caregivers Julie Neill and Sherry Gladu for their kindness and support.
A graveside service was held Nov. 1, at Blanchard Cemetery, Falmouth. A reception followed at the American Legion Hall, Falmouth.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to support Maine outdoor experiences for youth, in Dolley's memory to Greenland Point Center Inc., P.O. Box 333, Princeton, ME 04668.