Gorham – Parker J. Oak, 78, of Railroad Square, Railroad Ave, died Sunday, September 20, at Northern Lights Mercy Hospital, Portland.
He was born in Bath Maine, November 14, 1941, a son of Merle L. Oak, Sr and Jessie Oak of Brunswick. He graduated from Presque Isle High School in 1961 and went on to graduate from Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute in So. Portland in 1963. During his study at S.M.V.T.I. in 1962, he proudly joined the Coast and Geodetic Survey and was employed as a Seaman Apprentice and served on the Coast And Geodetic Survey vessel, “Surveyor”. He worked on the Surveyor throughout the summer months.
He married Margaret Ina Henderson in Fort Fairfield on October 27, 1965 and remarried again to Margaret I. Oak on October 27, 1977. Mrs. Oak died July 9, 2016. They lived in Presque Isle, Sanford, Davenport, Florida, Winter Garden, and Claremont Florida. After Margaret’s death, Parker moved back to Maine to be closer to his family and took residence in Gorham, at the newly built Station Square on Railroad Ave. He greatly enjoyed his apartment and the closeness to local restaurants and businesses.
He enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1964 and Honorable discharged in 1969. His civilian occupation was as a milk processer for Shaws Ridge Farm, Sanford until the dairy closed.
After the closing of Shaws Ridge Farm he began working a Pratt & Whitney in N. Berwick and held many positions from blade grinder to Production control schedular before retirement.
Over the years, Parker and Margaret enjoyed traveling in their RV motor home, cruise ship sailing and can’t forget tent camping, and fishing. Also, Parker genuinely loved hunting with his son, Lyndon and with his dad and brother. Partridge hunting was his favorite game.
He is survived by three children, son Lyndon and his wife Cheryl of Sanford and Margaret’s two children Debra Henderson and Keith (Andy) Monson. Brother Merle (Boo) Oak Jr. and his wife Janet L’Heureux Oak, Sister Elizabeth (Betty) Crouse and her husband Terry. 2 grandchildren, Lucas and his wife Ashlee, and Chauna Oak. 2 great grand children Lilly Ann and Harley. Also, many nieces and nephews.
Memorial service and Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery, South Main St./River Rd. in Solon Maine on October 10 at 1:00 p.m.
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