NORTH YARMOUTH — Ronald Arthur Hamlin, 65, of North Yarmouth, died peacfully Jan. 25 in Florida.
He was born Aug. 16, 1947 in Milo to Dwight L. and Irma B. Hamlin.
A graduate of Milo High School, Hamlin was senior class president. He earned an associate’s degree in architectural engineering technology from Wentworth Institute in Boston, graduating in 1967. He met and married his first wife, Roxie M. Black of Rockland, while living in Boston.
Hamlin served three years in the Army, graduating first in his basic training class at Fort Bragg in California. He was also the top graduate in his topographic survey class at the U.S. Army Engineer School, and earned the rank of specialist 5 before being sent to Europe for two years.
While stationed in Nuremberg, Germany, Hamlin served a year as survey party chief with the 1st battalion, 22nd Artillery, 4th Armored Division. During his last year he serviced as the Battalion S2 noncommissioned officer. Hamlin was honored to be one of 25 soldiers chosen to represent his country in a parade and ceremony at the 25th anniversary celebration of NATO before the King and Queen in Brussels, Belgium.
Hamlin was a proud veteran and member of the American Legion. He was also a life member of AMVETS and Vietnam Veterans of America.
In 1973 Hamlin began his 28-year career at Brown Construction Inc. in Portland, where he worked as a draftsman, salesman, estimator and project manager, before stepping in as president and treasurer for 11 years. He become the sole owner of the firm before his retirement in 2001.
Hamlin married his high school sweetheart, Darla P. Clukey. on July 5, 1992. He was a devoted family man and particularly liked spending time with his grandchildren. He loved to travel and felt fortunate to have visited 49 states and been to 29 countries on five continents.
He was active in North Yarmouth, serving as chairman of the town Republican Committee for a number of years, and as a volunteer working on the town Events Committee, Fun Day, the Flag Project, and various other projects. Hamlin also served four years as president of the Milo High School Alumni Association and was a generous supporter of the Boy Scouts of America.
Hamlin was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Dwight Richard Hamlin. He is survived by his wife, Darla Perry Hamlin of North Yarmouth; a daughter, Heather Jean Litchfield and husband Dan of Holderness, N.H., and a son, Ronald Andrew Hamlin of Los Angeles, a stepdaughter, Ashley E. Durgin and her husband Greg, of Auburn; a stepson, Kevin M. Clukey and his wife Rochelle of Thornton, Colo.; six grandchildren, Devin Knight and Jeffrey Clukey of Thornton, Colo., and Caleb, Emma, Micah and Aliza Litchfield of Holderness, N.H.; a sister, Nancy H. Ehrlenbach and her husband Dick, of Trenton, a brother, Morton E. Hamlin and his wife Diane of Brunswick; sisters-in-law, Sandra B. Hamlin, of Corinth, and Brenda Schneider of Tampa, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
A remembrance of his life service was held at the Congregational Church in North Yarmouth on Feb. 2. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Milo with military honors at 11 a.m. May 25
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Ronald A. Hamlin Scholarship Trust Fund for the benefit of his Litchfield grandchildren, 63 New Gloucester Rd., North Yarmouth, ME 04097.