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SANFORD - Harry "Buster" Levi Tuttle, 82, of Fort Pierce, Fla., and previously of Sanford, died on Jan. 10, 2013, at Treasure Coast Hospice in Florida.
Harry was born on May 11, 1930, the 12th of 19 children born to the late Martin and Eveleen (England) Tuttle. He grew up in Limerick and Limington and attended local schools.
In 1952, he joined the Marine and was a member of the 1st Air Wings and served in the Korean War.
On Sept. 1, 1956, he married Maria Troiano. They had three children: Sharyn, Carol and Gerard (Jerry).
He retired from Morse Business Forms in the 1980s and after worked in maintenance at Greenwood Nursing Home and the Weathervane Restaurant until moving to Florida in 1996.
He loved cooking for his family and friends and made baked beans every Saturday.
When his children were young, he would teach them silly songs on Sunday drives. When his granddaughters were young, he would let them dress him up in costume jewelry while teaching them these same silly songs.
In Florida, he enjoyed playing golf, horseshoes, and softball. He was known as the local handyman in his retirement community, always willing to help his neighbors fix things. When he visited family in Maine, he loved playing washer toss with his brothers, Richard and Billy, and son-in-law, Wesley.
He loved red hot dogs, but they were not available in Florida. When he visited Maine for his granddaughter Heidi's high school graduation party, he ate 17. He was proud of his family's accomplishments, especially his granddaughter Whitney for following in his military footsteps.
He affectionately called everyone "Bub."
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Maria Tuttle; daughter, Sharyn Tuttle, and her fiance, Michael Cook, of Rochester, N.H.; daughter, Carol Morin, and her husband, Wesley, of Shapleigh; son, Gerard (Jerry) Tuttle, of Sanford; granddaughter, Whitney Morin Gutierrez, and her husband, John Anthony, of Virginia Beach, Va.; and granddaughter, Heidi Morin, of Augusta.
Harry leaves behind his sisters, Rose Tuttle and Betty Bernier, of Sanford; his brother, Richard Tuttle, and wife, Cecile, of Sanford; and sister, Lena Campbell, and husband, Don, of Wells. He also leaves behind over 100 nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, at St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish, Holy Family Church. Interment with military honors will be held at the Southern Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Black Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, Sanford-Springvale.
To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.blackfuneralhomes.com.
Published in Fosters from Jan. 31 to Feb. 3, 2013
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