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Lincoln H. ‘Linck’ Grush (1922-2019)

Lincoln H. 'Linck' Grush

CHESTERVILLE - Lincoln Grush, 96, passed peacefully at his home on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019 with his loving family by his side.

Linck was born in Somerville, Mass. on Dec. 20, 1922, the son of Lincoln C. Grush and Anna Hall Grush. He spent his youth in Lexington, Mass. with his parents and younger sister Roberta "Bobby."

Linck met the love of his life, Gloria “Glo” Carbee on June 11, 1942. During his war training in 1944, he borrowed a plane to fly home for a mere three hours, just to propose to her before leaving for the WWII. He always said: "As soon as I saw her, I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her." And that he did. They were married on Aug. 17, 1947 and recently celebrated their 72nd anniversary.

He served our country by enlisting in the Army Air Corps at the age of 19. He was a decorated C-47 and B-25 pilot flying low level strafing and bombing missions in the South Pacific during WWII. Linck earned the Bronze Star, the Air Medal, and other medals for his service.

Linck earned the Bronze Star for his heroic acts when a transport ship he was temporarily on was hit by kamikaze planes in 1944. He thankfully had luck on his side the countless times he returned from missions with bullet holes in his plane and especially on the day his B-25 ran out of gas right after landing from a 12-hour mission.

After the war, Linck earned his degree from Boston University and taught math and science at Foxboro High School. He later began a career at Lincoln Labs/MITRE in Bedford, Mass. working with the world’s first computers and designing modern radar installations.

Lincoln H. 'Linck' Grush

Linck and Glo continued their life together in Tewksbury, Mass. where they raised their two children, David and Dodi. They had dear friends in their community who are like family to this day. However, Linck’s heart belonged to Maine where the family spent every summer at their lake cottage, "Tree Tops" on Norcross Pond in Chesterville. Linck had bought Tree Tops with his wartime pay in 1946 and family and friends spent countless summer days boating, fishing, waterskiing, and enjoying life on the pond from that day on. His love for the area spread to all those who visited and has carried on through multiple generations who still enjoy life on Norcross Pond today.

Link and Glo eventually moved their family, including Glo’s parents, George and Marnie Carbee, to Farmington, Maine in 1967 after starting a family boat and canoe business, Moose Horn Trading Post in North Jay. George ran the business for the first two years while Linck taught math and science at Jay High School, but the business soon grew to need Linck full time, along with his son Dave, and eventually his son-in-law Randy. Linck worked at Moose Horn until he retired in 2003.

He and Glo enjoyed attending the 345th Bomb Group reunions each year all across the country, where they had a huge network of fellow veterans and friends. Linck was also active in speaking at veteran ceremonies and parades and loved sharing his collection of war memorabilia and stories with those around him. Linck and Glo were also very involved members in the Henderson Memorial Baptist Church in Farmington.

Linck was preceded in death by his parents, Lincoln C. Grush and Anna H. Grush, his sister, Roberta (Bobby) Richardson, and his brother-in law Robert (Bob) Richardson.

He leaves his loving wife Glo, the love of his life; his son David Lincoln Grush, his daughter Doranne (Dodi) Parlin and husband Randy; his grandchildren, Steve Parlin and wife Nikki of New Hampshire, Laurie Smith and husband Ian of New Hampshire; and his six great-grandchildren Giana, Colin, Nate, Sky, Lincoln and Piper. He loved them all dearly and they loved him more than words can say.

Although Linck was a decorated war hero to everyone, he was a true hero to his family. His love and support guided his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and he lives on in each and every one of them.
The family wants to thank Complete Home Health Care and Beacon Hospice for their care and companionship over the last year, which allowed Linck to remain in his home on the lake.

A Celebration of his Life will be held on Saturday, May 16 at 11 a.m. from the Henderson Memorial Baptist Church, Academy Street, Farmington with a comfort reception following the Celebration. Private family committal services with full military honors will be at Lakeview Cemetery in Wilton.

The family suggests that memories and condolences be shared on his memorial wall at www.wilesrc.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made in Linck’s memory to the: 345th Bomb Group Association, PO Box 8755, Roanoke, Va. 24014.

Cremation care and memorial graveside services are being cared for and provided by the Wiles Remembrance Center/Adams~McFarlane Chapel, 137 Farmington Falls Road, Farmington.

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  1. Thank you for your service Mr Grush. It was a pleasure to have known you!!

  2. I went to Jay when Mr Crush taught school..He was a great person and teacher..I met him and his wife many years later at the Newark Airport.He was with his wife and we talked for a bit..He recognized me as a former teacher and I knew him because other than being older he looked the same..He will be missed..many prayers to his family and friends.

  3. My sincere condolences to Gloria and family.
    Mr Grush's was a life well lived. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

  4. Bought a few Arctic Cat snowmobiles from Mr. Grush back in the day. Thank you for your service, rest in peace.

  5. Bought a couple new atvs from him back in the day...still have one.such a nice man and veteren.i remember the model plane he displayed in his store.

  6. A goodbye salute to a fellow airman;

    'God has pulled you chocks and your takeoff was good
    You are now flying with the Eagles'

    May you fly forever and never be forgotten..

  7. Mr. Grush was a great teacher and role model. I remember him as being kind and patient with his students. I will never forget him. He left a great impression of how a teacher and person should be. God bless you Lincoln Grush.

  8. I met Lincoln while working at the Photo Lab at Walmart. He was a very kind man. As I was helping him with his photos he would tell me a story about each one!! Rest in peace, Lincoln.

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