SOUTH PARIS — Ralph M. Trefry passed away on Nov. 21, 2014 at Maine Veterans Home in South Paris.

He was born on Sept. 1, 1924 in Lynn, Massa-chusetts, to Charles and Frances (Boudreau) Trefry.

Ralph grew up and attended schools in Lynn.

An army veteran of World War II, he served in the tank corps under General Patton in Europe. He was decorated, having seen much action, including the Battle of the Bulge, earning a Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.

Upon his return, he married Edna Hutchins, and raised four children in Lynn, Massachusetts.

For most of his working life, Ralph was a heavy equipment operator for Lynn Public Works, and retired from there several years ago.

In his spare time, Ralph loved to “tinker” and fix things. He was a kind man, who was very giving and generous. He was a quiet and gentle person, especially enjoying the time he spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; his wife of more than 50 years; a son, Ernest Charles Trefry; and a brother, Ernest Trefry.

Survivors include: sons, Ralph Trefry Jr. of Florida and Wayne Trefry of New Hampshire; a daughter, Elizabeth Mills of Alfred; a sister, Lillian Hally; a brother, Frederick Trefry; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Burial with military honors will take place in the spring at the Southern Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Springvale. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Maine Veterans Home Activies Fund, c/o Pat Paar, 477 High St., South Paris. Arrangements are under the direction of Black Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, Sanford-Springvale. Condolences may be expressed at www.blackfuneralhomes.com.