MILO – Dr. Ralph C. Monroe, 78, husband of Christine Monroe, passed away peacefully Sept. 15, 2006, in Dover-Foxcroft. He was born Nov. 11, 1927, in Milo, the son of Chauncey and Hazel Monroe. Ralph grew up in Milo, enjoying the adventures and camaraderie of his boyhood friends. He graduated from Milo High School in 1946 and enlisted in the Navy in 1947, as a hospital corpsman, stationed in Annapolis, Md. While stationed in Maryland, he met his future wife, Olga Christine Allen. They were married in 1949, in Maryland. He spent a year aboard a repair ship in Norfolk, Va., and began training shortly there after as a dental technician. Upon completion of his Navy service, he attended the University of Maine for his pre-dental training and received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Maryland – Baltimore in 1957. He was a member of the Psi Omega Fraternity. Ralph returned to his hometown of Milo to establish his dental practice, where he served the community he loved for 49 years. In addition to his service as a health care professional, he was an active member of the community, involved in many organizations and served on numerous committees which included the Milo Lions Club, the M.S.A.D. No. 41 school board, trustee of the Milo Water Co., founding charter member and president of the Milo Historical Society since 1972, past president of the Mid Maine Association of Historical Societies, proud member of the Piscataquis Lodge of Masons and a very devoted member of the Rabboni Chapter No. 62 Royal Arch Masons. Ralph was a man of many talents and interests. His skills and artistry were not limited to his dental practice, but also to his hobbies of drawing, painting, metal and woodworking. He was also an amateur magician and performed for many community events. Ralph was proud to live in his family homestead, which has been in the family for four generations. Ralph enjoyed studying, promoting and sharing local history. He had a keen sense of humor and loved to share a humorous tale. He loved the water, sailing and spent many happy times with his family at his camp on Schoodic Lake. He was an avid reader and especially enjoyed science fiction novels. In addition to his wife of 57 years, Olga Christine Monroe, he is survived by his daughter, Debra Morgan and her husband, Michael, of Gardiner; a son, Allen Monroe of Milo; two grandsons, Douglas Morgan and Scott Morgan; and a granddaughter, Hannah Mor-gan. He also had numerous cousins and many, many beloved friends and neighbors. He will be especially missed by his special dog, Cocoa, with whom he was often seen walking. Friends are invited to call 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sept. 17, at the Lary Funeral Home, Milo, where a Masonic service will be said 7:30 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, at the United Baptist Church with the Rev. Ernie Madden officiating. Burial will be in the family lot at the Evergreen Cemetery, Milo. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Milo Historical Society, care of Gwen Bradeen, 60 Sargent Hill Drive, Milo, ME 04463.