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GUILFORD- Ralph L. Eastman, 1SG, U.S. Army Retired, 66, passed away November 30, 2010, at his home in Guilford with his loving family at his side. He was born April 9, 1944, in Dover-Foxcroft, the son of Everett and Nellie (Cowperthwaite) Eastman.

Ralph served 23 1/2 years in the U.S. Army, serving with the 173rd Airborne in Vietnam and with Army Special Forces of 10 years. After retiring from the Army he worked for the Navy, as an Environmental Specialist, and moved home to Maine in 1996. He was Past President of the Guilford area Kiwanis, member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Vietnam Veterans of America. He had the utmost respect for all Veterans and enjoyed giving out coins welcoming home Vietnam Vets. He also enjoyed his talks about Vietnam at PCHS. He enjoyed working on the Piscataquis River Festival and with all the people on the committee. He is survived by his beloved wife of 41 years, Yasuko Sue (Okuma) Eastman. She was the world to him.

He is also survived by two sons, Paul of Bangor, and Edward of Oak Lawn, IL; a daughter-in-law, Cindy Eastman of Corinna; two grandchildren, who he loved very much, Emily Eastman and Katrina Eastman. He is also survived by his brother, Robert and his wife, Barbara of Sedgwick; his sister, Everetta "Ev" and her husband, Clyde "Al" Bowley of Guilford; and numerous nephews.

At his request, there will be no funeral service. A graveside service with military honors will be held at 1 PM, Friday, December 3, 2010 at the Lawn Cemetery in Guilford with Pastor Ray Beless officiating. The family has requested that flowers be omitted.

Arrangements by Crosby & Neal, Guilford. For an online guest register, go to

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