DEER ISLE – George E. Springer Sr., 93, went home to be with the Lord Aug. 18, 2008, at a Bangor hospital after a brief illness. He was born Sept. 11, 1914, in Franklin, the son of the late Ellis E. Springer and Henrietta (Foss) Springer. George married Mary Ashmore, Nov. 30, 1939, Thanksgiving Day. Earlier in his life George worked in the woods and also at a dairy. He served in the U.S. Army in Patton’s Infantry during World War II. George fought in the Battle of the Bulge. After returning from the service, he worked at Railway Mail Service for 15 years. After Railway Mail Service was discontinued, he served as the officer in charge at Augusta Post Office for 14 years. In the early 1970s, George was called to the Gardiner, South Blue Hill and North Sedgewick areas as a full time pastor. He also served in Swans Island, and most recently at Oceanville Baptist Church. George and his wife also both worked as drivers for WHCA. He was a 30-year member and past commander of American Legion Post No. 85, Blue Hill and also a member of the American Baptist Churches of Maine. George was an avid woodworker and enjoyed reading and fishing. George and Mary were members of a singing quartet called the Swinging Grandparents. He will be remembered for his playful personality. He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Mary Springer; children, George E. Springer Jr. and wife, Linda, of Sedgewick, Richard D. Springer and wife, Lynda, of Dayton, Ohio, and Lorena Thombs of Portland; grandchildren, Ray Jr., Becci Joie, Rachel, Ruth, Amy, Mark and Sarah; 11 great- grandchildren; siblings, Marguerite Moore and husband, Irvin, Paul Springer, Larissa Bilodeau and husband, Emery, and Joyce Higgins; many nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by a son-in-law, Ray Thombs Sr.; a grandson, George Springer III; three brothers and a sister. A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at Oceanville Baptist Church, Stonington, officiated by Pastors, Ronald Libby, George Springer Jr. and Richard Springer. Friends and family are invited for a time of fellowship and refreshment after the service at the church hosted by the American Legion Post No. 85, Blue Hill, . Interment will be at Rest Haven Cemetery, Windsor. Memorial contributions may be made to Oceanville Baptist Church Building Fund, 458 Oceanville Drive, Stonington, ME 04681. Arrangements are under the care of Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, Stonington.