Obituary: Robert Merrill Southard – Portland Press Herald

Robert Merrill Southard

WINDHAM – Robert Merrill Southard, 80, died on Sunday December 5, 2021 at Mercy Hospital following a long illness.

Bob was born on October 20, 1941 to Daniel N. and Anne Mae (Cobb) Southard in Windham.

Bob graduated from Windham High School in 1961, Chicago Technical College in 1963, Key Training Services in 1964, and the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center in 1965.

He worked for Portland Lithograph 1966-1978, Rumford National Graphics, Inc, 1978-1985 and Humboldt National Graphics, Inc. 1985-1991.

Bob married his wife, Sharon Ann St. Armand, in 1967. They were married for 47 years before his death in 2014.

Bob was a sociable person, he liked to make people laugh and was quite a joker. He loved to watch baseball and football on television. He enjoyed the outdoors spending hours chopping and stacking firewood and feeding chipmunks.

When he wasn’t outside, he was working on a puzzle. He was an avid puzzle maker, his family and friends were always on the hunt for the hardest puzzle they could find in hopes of finding one he couldn’t put together, which rarely happened. .

Bob was predeceased by his wife; his parents; and his siblings.

He is survived by his niece, Maureen Bishop and her husband, Bruce; his brother-in-law, Brian Foster; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

Special thanks to Ray Weeks, John Kruger, Lucy Ayotte, Marnie Childress and Debbie Spiller for their friendship and always there when he needed you. Special thanks also to Leann and Sherry, the wonderful nurses who took great care of him.

According to Bob’s wishes, there will be no services. Interment will be held at Gracelawn Memorial Park in Auburn.

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