TOPSHAM — Richard E. Emerson, 87, of Topsham, died Nov. 13 at home, surrounded by his family.

He was born in Augusta on May 8, 1925, the son of Albion and Frieda Emerson. He graduated Waterville High School and later Thomas College of Business. 

Emerson served during World War II as a radioman aboard the destroyer USS Haraden. He worked for several paper companies, including Scott Paper Company and National Blank Book. For most of his lilfe, Emerson worked for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service as a regional manager for logistics, where his last assignments were in the U.S. Western district and Korea.

An avid reader and lover of puzzles, Emerson had a pun for every occasion which would have his family rolling their eyes or rolling with laughter. A talented artist, he loved to draw and whittle, play cribbage and take the family on long weekend drives. He treasured every moment with his family.

Emerson was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Helen Yeaton Emerson, and a brother, Gerald Emerson.

He is survived by his three daughters, Margaret Emerson Helming and her husband, Bill, of Acton, Mass. and Boothbay, Leslie Emerson Kalisz and her husband, Steve, of West Bath, and Jeanne Emerson, of Topsham; nine grandchildren; and his brother, Wallace Emerson, of Waterville.

A funeral was held Nov. 17 at St. John the Baptist Church in Bruinswick. A summer-time interment will be held at Pine Grove Cemetery in Belgrade.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to CHANS Home Health Care, 60 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, ME 04011.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of Brackett Funeral Home, Brunswick.  

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