Maj.Edward E. Royal

March 31, 1920
- February 06, 2007

LEWISTON - Maj. Edward E. Royal, 86, of Montello Heights, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007, at his home. Born March 31, 1920, in Lakeview Plantation, he was a son to the late John and Estella (Dutch) Royal. Edward proudly served his country in the U.S. Army for more than 24 years as a military police officer. He served in World War II, where he was a Pearl Harbor survivor, the Korean War and Vietnam. While in the Army, he received the Army Commendation Medal. He was a member of The United Baptist Church on Main Street and the VFW. He enjoyed telling stories of his past experiences and spending time with his family. He leaves the love of his life of 35 years, Rita Spencer; two sons, John Royal and his wife, Irina, of Wisconsin and Clifford "Bud" Spencer of Oregon; two daughters, Patricia Costello and her husband, Andrew, of Washington and Carol Jacques of Greene; two sisters, Betty Mannisto and Louise Hearn; seven grandchildren, Ian and Adam Royal, Christopher and Kevin Costello, Robert and Joseph Jacques and Anna Royal; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by four sisters, Eva, Arlene, Laura and Valentine; and four brothers, Arthur, Clive, John and Malcolm. Visitation will be held 1-3 p.m. Sunday at Fortin, Lewiston. A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Monday at the Maine Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, Mount Vernon Road, Augusta. Those wishing to make donations in his memory may do so to The American Heart Association, 343 Gorham Road, South Portland, ME 04106 or to Coalition to Salute America's Heroes Foundation, 100 Broad Way, Ossining, NY 10562.

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