Earl Maynard Isham

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Bedford - Earl Maynard Isham, 88, died July 5, 2014, with his loving family by his side. He was born in 1925 in St. Johnsbury, Vt., to the late Earl and Rose (Rook) Isham. Earl grew up in Bristol, Conn., graduated from Bristol Tech and served in the U.S. Navy as first gunner's mate in World War II on the USS Taussig from 1943-1946. He returned home after his tour of duty in the Pacific front to "the farm" in Bedford. He married Edith Mae Orvis upon his return from the military.Earl eloquently balanced his love and dedication to family, community and country all his life. Earl served the Bedford Fire Department for 48 years, retiring as assistant fire chief in 1995. He was a member of the school board during his three daughters' formative years. Earl was a member of Bedford Presbyterian Church for 65 years, the Bedford American Legion Post No. 54 for 65 years, as a Mason was a member of the Washington Lodge for 62 years, and was a founder of the Richard Harwell VFW Post No. 8401, where he served as the all state commander three times. Earl married Charlene Robbins in 2009.Family includes his wife, Charlene Isham; three daughters, Brenda Janssen and husband Peter, Nancy Weston, and Bonnie Austin and husband Thomas; three stepdaughters, Sara Eno and husband Michael, Martha Francis and husband James, and Megan Gibson; one stepson, Paul Robbins and wife Robyn; four grandchildren, Jaime Austin Bourgeois, Stephen Austin, Charles Janssen, Mark Janssen; seven stepgrandchildren, Skyler Eno, Kyle Eno, Stephanie Huch, Brian Francis, Aerial Robbins, Zach Gibson and Jeremy Gibson; four great-grandchildren, Jordan Bourgeois, Joshua Bourgeois, Kiera Janssen and Danica Janssen; and six stepgreat-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Edith, in 2005..

SERVICES: Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 11, at Goodwin Funeral Home, 607 Chestnut St., Manchester. The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 12, at Bedford Presbyterian Church, 4 Church Road, Bedford, NH, 03110, followed by burial in Bedford Center Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bedford Presbyterian Church, Bedford Fire Department, 55 Constitution Drive, Bedford, NH 03110, the American Legion Post 54, P.O. Box 10295, Bedford, NH 03110-0295, or the VFW Post 8401, P.O. Box 10144, Bedford, NH 03110. Please visit www.goodwinfh.com to sign the online guestbook.


Published in Union Leader on July 9, 2014
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