David F. Stockburger, 88, of Wells, died Tuesday, July 4, 2017, at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough. He was born in Canton, Ohio, on Dec. 27, 1928, a son of Ira and Rachael (Fisher) Stockburger. He grew up in Canton, and earned his bachelor’s degree from Kent State University. Following his college years, David entered the U.S. Navy. Between active and reserve time, he remained in service to his country for over 20 years, retiring as a lieutenant. During his career, he had the distinction of serving aboard USS Fremont APA-44.
Returning to Ohio, he worked as a comptroller. From there he transferred to Chicago, where he and Janet met. After marrying in May of 1969, they purchased a small manufacturing company in North Carolina. This was the beginning of a lifelong career as an entrepreneur. From there they never looked back, only forward. Together they worked, raised a family, travelled and simply enjoyed life. David and Janet moved with the wind. What they thought would be a house purchase in Boothbay Harbor actually turned out to be in Bar Harbor. Their grand house, in which they resided from 1971 to 1984, is now the Sea Croft Inn. Having to drive nearly 60 miles for office supplies ignited yet another entrepreneurial enterprise. They opened Sea Croft Office Products, eventually expanding to Ellsworth. He was known by all for his personal service to his customers. Additionally, in 1978 David and Janet opened Cranberry Cove Restaurant on Big Cranberry Island, which was well known for lobsters and popovers.
In his free time, David built amazingly detailed doll houses, boats and airplanes. He could study a large size boat, house or plane and then, from memory, build an exact replica. His creations were cherished by his family and by collectors. While living on Cape Cod, he built a garden railway on his property. The railway included the Bourne bridge and a grist mill that he built from scratch. David and Janet loved to travel the world, and especially enjoyed Italy, Germany and Switzerland.
David lived an amazing life, and was an amazing person. He will be deeply missed by family and friends.
David was predeceased by two brothers, Webb and Lee Stockburger.
He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Janet J. Stockburger of Wells; seven children and their spouses, Janet and Mike Donovan, David and Denise Stockburger, John and Charisse Stockburger, Robin Stephens and Robbie Fling, Lance Stephens and Leah Murch, Dale Stockburger and Tessa Hartley, Kelli and Bruce Martin; his much-loved eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Also, by a very special nephew and wife, “Bobby” and Diana Marderosian.
There are no visiting hours. The family will hold a gathering at a later date. Should friends choose, memorial donations in his name are encouraged to: Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 U.S. Route One, Scarborough, ME 04074.
To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit David’s Book of Memories page at www.bibberfuneral.com.
Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer Street, Kennebunk, ME.