Wayne H. Meserve

Jul 30, 2018
Wayne 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 bachelor's degree in economics (1971) and a master's degree in economics (1983).

Wayne served in the Navy from 1971 to 1974. He was 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, Conn. Then, in 1978, Wayne took his marketing and economics knowledge to AT&T, in Bedminster, N.J,, where he served for 10 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 Corp., headquarters in Park Ridge, N.J.

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 more recent years, Wayne’s involvements included serving as chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals for the town of Owls Head; and as a 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 in 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, S.C.; as well as many great-nieces and great-nephews.

Family and friends are invited to visit from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. A celebration of Wayne’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at Rockland Congregational Church, 180 Limerock St., Rockland. A reception will follow at 104 Limerock, Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home’s reception facility.

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 St.; Ellsworth, ME 04605 (667-9735, Ext. 1106).

To share a memory with the Meserve family visit their Book of Memories at bchfh.com.

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