Earle Everett Pinkham, 98, of Chester, died Friday, March 10, 2017, at Springfield Hospital, of a heart attack.
He was born Dec. 2, 1918, in Lynn, Massachusetts, the son of Earle Everett Pinkham Sr. and Aletha Florence Parrott.
He graduated from Lynn English High School in 1936 and attended Burdett Business College.
A World War II veteran, Mr. Pinkham enlisted in 1940, served in Panama in 1942 and married Barbara Louise Winston June 4, 1942, before being shipped to North Africa, and the China-Burma-India Theater in Karachi with the Army Air Corps. He was discharged in 1945 as a 2nd lieutenant.
He served as treasurer for North Shore Rock & Mineral Club and donated much of his personal glass and mineral collection with Lydia Pinkham papers, to the Lynn Museum & Historical Society. He was a 32nd-degree Mason at Golden Fleece Lodge in Lynn.
He retired after 34 years employment with Bursaw Oil Co.'s service station management in Salem and Lynn, He then worked part time for Kaiser Pemanente's Valley Health Plans.
He was an avid book collector, enjoyed ancient history, his exercise routine and the New England Patriots' success.
Survivors include his son, Galen, of Grafton; brother, Edward, of Lynn; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Mr. Pinkham was predeceased by his brother, Norman, in 1994; his daughter, Cheryl, in 2007; and his wife, Barbara, in 2008. The graveside service is planned for June 4 in Cobb Cemetery in Houghtonville.
In lieu of flowers, mail memories to Galen, 2026 Stage Coach Road, Grafton, VT 05146. Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel, Springfield.
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