Serving to Ensure Security

Author: Maine Veterans' Homes
Posted: October 28, 2021
Category: Maine Veterans of the Month

Richard Hobart was born August 10, 1934, in Edmunds, ME, to his father, Richard (Sr.), a Veteran of WWI, and Marion (Macre) Hobart. Along with his brother, Charles, and a sister, Lucy-Rae, Richard and his family lived in Dennysville.

Graduating from High School in 1951, he then went on to study Agriculture for two years at the University of Maine, Machias. His agricultural coursework prepared him for work at the Coleman Research Farm in Brunswick, ME.

In 1953, a military draft was on, so Richard enlisted in the Army rather than be drafted. He attended basic training in Fort Dix, NJ, then transferred to Fort Devens, MA. He remained at Fort Devens throughout his service with the Army, working within the Army Security Agency.

After serving his country in the Army, he returned to Coleman Research Farm, testing and inspecting livestock for diseases and abnormalities.

In 1967, Richard was introduced to his wife, Priscilla Tarbell, a schoolteacher, by his cousin, who was also a schoolteacher. He and Priscilla were married on December 27, 1968. He fondly remembers a road trip they took to the West Coast together, visiting his friends from the Army along the way.

Thinking that they could not have children, Priscilla and Richard adopted their son, Thomas. They were happily surprised to welcome Daniel, who was born to Priscilla, just a year later. The family lived in Bowdoinham and then Bridgewater, Maine where Priscilla continued to teach, Richard worked for the USDA, and they raised their sons. Following retirement, they returned to Dennysville.
Becoming a resident of MVH Machias in May of 2021, Richard sadly lost Priscilla soon after. Their son Thomas, a retired Navy Veteran, lives close by, and their other son Daniel lives in Southern Maine with his wife and Richard’s two grandchildren. Richard enjoys reading and keeping abreast of current events. He also likes visitors, sightseeing on MVH van excursions, and reminiscing about his military service and agricultural career.