Loren A. Athearn, devoted family man and entrepreneur, 60, of Union died May 6, 2010, at Togus VA Medical Center in Augusta.

Loren was born in Hope on June 18, 1949. He was the son of Oliver and Anna Hart Athearn. He graduated from Union High School. Following graduation, he served his country in the Vietnam War, both in Germany and Vietnam. Upon his return, he joined his father in growing his small vending enterprise into what later became Athearn’s Vending Company.

In 1971, while installing a vending machine in the new Dunkin Donuts in Rockland, Loren met the girl he told his mother he would marry. One year later, as he predicted, he married Marilyn Bucchieri on June 10, 1972. They purchased a home in Union, where they raised four children and resided their entire married life.

Loren was known around town for his business ventures, which included the vending company and Four Corner Variety. He liked to spend mornings there, drinking coffee and talking with his customers. He also enjoyed playing the stock market and real estate, and could often be found watching the FOX News Network. Outside his business interests, he was a wonderful cook and an avid hunter, and enjoyed gardening and working in the yard, especially when it called for firing up the John Deere. Beyond all other things, Loren was a loving husband and father. Not a day passed where he failed to tell his family how much he loved them.

Loren is survived by his wife of 38 years, Marilyn “Lyn”; his sister, Chrystal Athearn of Union; a daughter, Michelle Athearn and her companion Stephen Haynes of Appleton; a son, Aaron Athearn and his wife Shina of Union; a daughter, Erica Flagg and her husband, Michael, of Union; a son, Brian Athearn and his companion Morgan Malinowitz of Concord, N.H.; as well as four grandchildren, Hannah, Dominic, Vincent and Mia.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Togus for the exceptional and compassionate care they gave both Loren and his family.

A graveside service for Loren will be held Friday, May 14 at 11 a.m. at Pine Grove Cemetery in Appleton.

In the spirit of Loren’s generosity and his love of animals, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humane Society of Knox County, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841.

Arrangements are with the Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home in Rockland.