Duane Vincent Bearse, 81, died March 8, 2010, at Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport.

Born in Hartford, Conn., Dec. 23, 1928, he was the son of Edwin and Margaret (Tewksbury) Bearse and grew up in Rocky River, Ohio. During the Korean Conflict, he served in the National Guard, the Army and was stationed in Germany.

Bearse had a successful career working in international sales for Republic Steel in Cleveland, retiring in the early 1980s. While at Republic Steel, for two consecutive years Bearse was top steel salesperson worldwide. On June 23, 1978, he married Janet Geiger in Lakewood, Ohio. In 1990, Duane and Jan moved from Lakewood to Camden.

Retirement years brought time for Duane to continue his lifelong love of photography. He researched old railroad cars and trolleys, and enjoyed his extensive book and audio collections. Duane was a member of the Lincolnville Improvement Association and was a communicant of Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church in Camden.

He is survived by his wife, of 30 years, Jan M. Bearse, of Camden; five children, Deborah Wolf and her husband, Dennis, of Lakewood, Ohio, John Ubinger of Berea, Ohio, Kris Ryne and her husband, Todd, of Glen Ellyn, Ill., Karen Ubinger of Clearwater, Fla., and Katy Sebastiano and her husband, Wayne, of East Rockaway, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Stephanie, Brianne, Elizabeth and Benjamin; four brothers-in-law, John Geiger and his wife, Maryellen, of Glenn, Mich., Harry Geiger and his wife, Phyllis, of Jacksonville; Fla., Warren Peter Geiger and his wife, Joni, of Middleburg Heights, Ohio, and Paul W. Geiger of East St. Louis, Ill.; a sister-in-law, Margaret Krebs, and her husband, Robert, of Fairview Park; Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were March 11 at the Long Funeral Home, 9 Mountain St., Camden. A Mass of Christian Burial was held March 12 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Rockland. The Rev. Mark Reinhardt officiated. Burial followed in the Maplewood Cemetery in Lincolnville.