Richard M. Genthner, a lifetime resident of Waldoboro and well-respected oil dealer in town, died Jan. 26, 2010, at his residence after a long period of failing health, surrounded by his family.

Richard was born Feb. 28, 1928, in Waldoboro, the son of Roland and Annie Pettee Genthner. He graduated from Waldoboro High School in the Class of 1946. He also graduated from Kennebec School of Commerce in Gardner, and attended Bentley College.

He joined the U.S. Army in 1950 and served in Co. B, 193rd Tank Battalion, serving a year in Korea.

After his discharge in 1956, he returned to Waldoboro, where his entrepreneurial drive led him to open a local bowling lane with his brother. He became president of Genthner Oil Co. upon the death of his father, serving in that capacity until the time of his death.

He is a member of the Charles C. Lilly American Legion Post in Waldoboro and the Waldoboro Lions Club. Richard operated the Riverside Cemetery Association for many years. An avid hunter, he enjoyed hunting deer, birds and rabbits. He raised pheasants for the Waldoboro Fish & Game Association, and was a member of that association for many years. He participated in many rifle and pistol shooting competitions. Richard enjoyed bowling and competed on many leagues in Waldoboro. He anonymously helped many people in town who needed a little lift.

He was predeceased by his wife, Georgia Leavitt Genthner; his parents; and a brother, Edward Genthner.

Richard is survived by his daughter, Rachel Genthner of Waldoboro; two grandsons, Richard Genthner of Waldoboro and Edward Genthner of Jefferson; a brother, Warren Genthner of Waldoboro; and a sister, Avis Swift of Cumberland.

Friends may call Thursday, Feb. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hall Funeral Home, 949 Main St. in Waldoboro.

A celebration of Richard’s life will be held Friday, Feb. 5 at noon at the Broad Bay Congregational Church, 947 Main St. in Waldoboro. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery in Waldoboro.

Should friends desire, memorial donations may be made to the Waldoboro Fish & Game Association, Waldoboro, ME 04572 in Richard’s memory.

Condolences to the family may be made to hallfh@myfairpoint.net.

Arrangements are with the Hall Funeral Home and Cremation Service.