John Gravlin Jr. (1935-2013)
LEWISTON - John Gravlin Jr., 77, passed away on July 13, 2013 at CMMC in Lewiston.
He was born on Nov. 18, 1935 in New Vineyard, the son of John “Jack”, Sr. And Alberta (Davis) Gravlin. He attended schools in Farmington but moved with his parents to Strong and graduated from Strong High School in 1954.
He entered the Army in 1955 and received infantry and mechanical training at Fort Dix, N.J. He was then assigned to the 6th Armoured Cavalry in Germany, where he spent one year as a mechanic. He and his regiment were transferred to Ft. Knox, KY for the duration of his active duty. He spent a total of six years in the active Army and the Army Reserves. He was honorably discharged in 1961 as a Specialist 4.
He spent his work years as a mechanic/machinest in different parts of the country. John retired in 1999 after losing his wife, Carol J. Schmidt in 1998 to the ravages of cancer. They were living in Pownal at the time. He returned to Franklin County in 2000, where he spent a few years hunting, fishing, and visiting with family and friends.
John authored a very limited edition of the genealogy of the Gravlin family. He donated one copy of “The Gravlins of New England” to the Cutler Library in Farmington. He was an avid reader, having read hundreds of books in his lifetime. He also enjoyed tying trout flies and playing cribbage.
John is survived by his two children by a previous marriage, Brian Allen and Dee Dee Lynn Holt; three grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, seven half brothers and sisters.
Donations in John’s memory may be made to the Sportmans Alliance of Maine, 205 Church Hill Rd., Augusta, ME 04330.
Memorial services will be held on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 133 Middle St., Farmington, ME. Private interment by his family will be at the Village Cemetery in Strong.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 488 Farmington Falls Rd., Farmington, ME 04938