Obituary for Wayne Howard Meserve
OWLS HEAD – Wayne H. Meserve, 69, died Tuesday, July 10, 2018, following a brief illness at Maine Medical Center in Portland. Wayne was encircled with love by Marilyn and family members.
Born in Owls Head, July 3, 1949, son of Howard and Norma Curtis Meserve, Wayne was raised in Owls Head and remained in Maine through graduation from the University of Maine at Orono. At University of Maine, he earned a BA Degree in Economics (1971) and a MA Degree in Economics (1983).
Wayne served in the U. S. Navy 1971 – 1974: Commissioned through Naval Officer Candidate School (1971); Navy Supply Corps School (1971-72); Lieutenant (j.g.), SC, USNR, (Supply Corps), USS CALOOSAHATCHEE (AO-98), (1972-74). While on board the USS Caloosahatchee, Wayne was officer-in-charge of cargo operations and food service department, managing both personnel and materials.
On June 18, 1977 Wayne and Marilyn Carter were married in Clayton, MO; Marilyn was a teacher in the Pattonville School District and Wayne was attending Washington University in St. Louis, completing additional graduate studies in economics.
In 1974, Wayne had begun his marketing career with GTE Sylvania in Stamford, CT. Then, in 1978 Wayne took his marketing and economics knowledge to AT&T, in Bedminster, NJ, where he served for ten years as a Staff Economist in the Long Lines Division. Wayne finished his career with 20 years as Vice President, Pricing and Planning, with The Hertz Corporation, headquarters in Park Ridge, NJ.
Retiring from Hertz in 2007, Wayne and Marilyn left their home in New Jersey, retuning ‘back home’ to Owls Head. Through his retirement years, Wayne was active in community organizations and committees. He served on both the Finance and Stewardship Committees for the Rockland Congregational Church where he was a member for many years. Discovering a desire to do some classroom teaching, Wayne became involved in substitute teaching at the local high school. Other local involvements included membership in the Mussel Ridge Historical Society, the Rockland Historical Society, and the Owls Head Transportation Museum. In the more recent years, Wayne’s involvements included chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals for the Town of Owls Head; and member of the Knox County Airport Advisory Committee. Wayne was currently serving on the Town of Owls Head Board of Selectmen.
With a lifelong appreciation for aviation and automobiles, Wayne often exhibited his classic cars at the Owls Head Transportation Museum. He also held memberships with a number of national aviation and classic car organizations. Wayne was an FAA Certificated Pilot with Instrument and Glider ratings. Wayne will be sadly missed by all who loved him.
Predeceased by his parents; Wayne is survived by his wife Marilyn Meserve of Owls Head; his sister, Carolyn Meserve Philbrook of Owls Head; his aunt Nancy Aho Curtis of Owls Head; his nieces and nephews, Jason Philbrook and his wife Allison, Adam Philbrook and his wife Tayler, Annah Danforth and her husband Aaron, Micah Philbrook and his wife Claire; a sister-in-law Rowena Carter of High Ridge, MO, brothers-in-law Hal Carter of Willow Springs, MO, and Phillip Carter of Fort Mill, SC; as well as many great-nieces and great-nephews.
Memorial contributions in remembrance of Wayne may be made to a favorite charity selected by the giver, or the Carter-Meserve Scholarship Fund, providing scholarship assistance to students pursuing post-secondary training or education at a publicly-supported institution within the state of Maine. Donations may be sent to Cherie Galyean, Education and Scholarship Manager; Maine Community Foundation; 245 Main Street; Ellsworth, ME 04605 (207-667-9735 Ext. 1106).
Family and friends are invited to visit from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, August 16, 2018 at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland. A celebration of Wayne’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 17, 2018 at Rockland Congregational Church, 180 Limerock Street, Rockland. A reception will follow at 104 Limerock, Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home’s reception facility.
Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.
Thursday, August 16th, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home
110 Limerock Street
Memorial Service Information
Friday, August 17th, 2018 11:00am
Pastor Seth Jones
Rockland Congregational Church
180 Limerock Street
Friday, August 17th, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm
104 Limerock Reception Center
104 Limerock Street