HOULTON – Philip Fred Dwyer 84, went to be with the Lord Sept. 28, 2007, surrounded by his extended family at a local hospital. He was born Nov. 23, 1922, in Houlton, the son of Fred and Abby (Weeks) Dwyer, and grew up on his grandparent’s farm in Bancroft. Philip graduated from Ricker Classical Institute and Ricker College before heading off to serve his country in the South Pacific in World War II. He joined the U.S. Navy, December 1943, and was rated as a pharmacist mate first class. He was attached to the 6th Marine Division at Guadal Canal as a medical corpsman and his unit landed at Okinawa April 1, 1945. Phil was wounded in action May 1945, and was transferred to the Naval Hospital in Honolulu. By August, he returned to active duty, returned stateside and was discharged in April 1946, with a Bronze Star for heroism, Presidential Unit Citation and Purple Heart. Phil attended and graduated from Tufts Dental School in 1950 and married the love of his life, Alice Walsh, Aug. 6, 1950. They raised two sons, Philip Jr. and James. Dr. Dwyer loved dentistry and practiced in the town of Houlton for 50 years, turning his practice over to the loving hands of Dr. Peter Stanley in 2000. Dr. Dwyer served as president of the Maine Dental Association; was a member of the Pierre Fauchaud Academy, an international honorary dental organization; received a Fellowship from the Academy of General Dentistry and was a fellow in the American College of Dentists. Dr. Dwyer was also a very active member of Military Street Baptist Church, serving many times on the board of deacons, as church president, a deacon emeritus and taught his adult Sunday school class, until just before his death. Phil loved to be outdoors hunting, fishing, boating and teaching all of us the wonders of nature. He and his wife and boys built their camp on East Grand Lake from the ground up and enjoyed it immensely. He never stopped thinking about new and better ways to build, fix or complete any project. Phil is survived by his wife and partner for 57 years, Alice; his son, Jim Dwyer and his wife, Rosalie, of Presque Isle; grandchildren, Marc Dwyer of Presque Isle, Erin Hoffes and her husband, John, of Mapleton, Peter and Sarah Stanley and their daughters, Jenna and Alex, of Houlton; sisters, Virginia Hempstead of Chillicothe, Ohio, and Mary Erickson of Salem, Ore.; a brother, Alton “Bud” Dwyer and his wife, Charlene, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his son, Philip Jr.; and his sister, Geraldine Smart. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Dunn Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at Military Street Baptist Church with the Revs. Randall Burns and Gary Johnson officiating. Interment with military honors will be at Evergreen Cemetery. Gifts may be made in Dr. Dwyer’s memory to Military Street Baptist Church, care of Dunn Funeral Home, 11 Park St., Houlton, ME 04730.