WOOLWICH — Loring W. Edgerly, 98, passed away on Thursday, April 9, 2015, peacefully at his home.

He was born in Augusta on Sept. 7, 1916, a son of Jason Owen and Myrtie (Wright) Edgerly. He grew up on a farm in Whitefield, and attended a one-room school. In 1938, he purchased land in Woolwich, where he built a camp. At age 19 he purchased his first motorcycle, a 1925 Harley, which began a lifelong love of Harley Davidsons. He was skilled at driving and repairing bikes, and never had an accident.

He joined the Army in 1941 and was deployed to Iran with the Persian Gulf Command, and was discharged with honors in 1945. In 1944 he married the love of his life, Geraldine Harvey. Together they built a house. He made a living digging blood worms and working various construction jobs until he was employed by BIW in the electrical shop for 27 years.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, working around his yard, cutting wood, telling stories about his past, and riding his four wheeler until the age of 98.

He and his wife were members of the Woolwich Historical Society. In 2006 they were awarded the distinguished service award.

Loring was the holder of the Boston Gold Cane.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Geraldine, a son, Dana Edgerly of Woolwich, daughter, Sylvia Wallace and husband Mark of Woolwich, a sister, Mary Creamer of Whitefield, granddaughters, Hillary Warring of Woolwich, Robyn Wallace and husband Sean Roberts of Flower Mound, Texas, a grandson, Jacob Wallace and wife Erin of Newmarket, NH, and greatgrandchildren, Liam and Naomi Wallace of Newmarket, NH, as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother, Jason Edgerly Jr., and daughter-in-law, Pam (Warring) Edgerly of Woolwich.

A celebration of his life will be held at the First Baptist Church, 812 Middle Road, Woolwich, on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at 11 a.m., followed by a social gathering. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CHANS Hospice Volunteer Services, 45 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, ME 04011.

Arrangements are by Daigle Funeral Home, 819 High St., Bath. Condolences may be made online at www.Daiglefuneralhome.com.