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2007 Obituaries

2007 Obituaries

Elmer E. Gilpatrick

Manchester, NH- Elmer Gilpatrick, passed away Christmas morning December 25, 2007 of a heart condition.

He was born in Houlton, Maine to Verner and Viola Gilpatrick. He was predeceased by his parents and a sister Willadean Dew. He was married to Anne Gellert Gilpatrick who also predeceased him.

Elmer graduated from Bangor High School, attended Duke University, and served in the Army as an officer during the Korean conflict. He was a sales rep for Bostitch Staples and part time author writing short stories; some of which where published.

He is survived by a daughter Mrs. Traci Swift, step son Dan Lubell of Iowa and brother Waldo Gilpatrick of West Gardiner, Maine.

No services are planned at this time.

Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home 130 Pleasant St. Richmond, Me 04357.

James Colby

MOUNT VERNON-James "Russ" Colby passed away Jan. 16, 2008.

He was born May 31, 1935.

He is survived by three loving daughters, Brenda Colby, of California, Bonnie and Mike Petrone, of China, and Jamie and Rick Poulin, of Augusta; four grandchildren, Adrianna, Eric, Kait and Michaela; and five siblings.

He was predeceased by his father and mother, Chester and Marieta; and one brother and one sister.

At his request, no services will be held. Arrangements are in the care of Kincer Funeral Home, Richmond.

Timothy A. Slusher

TOPSHAM — Timothy A. Slusher, 46, died at his home on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2008, following a courageous seven-year battle with cancer. His wife and family were near.

He was born in San Diego, Calif., on Oct. 29, 1961. He attended schools in San Diego and in New Zealand as an AFS exchange student, where he gained a love for playing rugby. He was a food and beverage consultant for many years, as well as a wine maker and novelist. He was an avid reader. His adventurous spirit and zest for life, showed in his love of playing rugby, being in the outdoors, camping, rock climbing, hiking and writing his novels. His nieces, nephews, family, many friends and his big cat, Tigger surrounded him with love and admiration.

Surviving are his wife of 15 years, Terry of Topsham, Maine; his sister, Lori Slusher of Pine Valley; his mother and father, Helen and C. Edward Slusher of San Luis Obispo; mother and father-in-law Louise and Raymond Gauvin of Bridgton, Maine, Aunts and Uncles, Grace and Roy Seifert of La Mesa; Ruth and the late Scotty Embleton of Santee. Cousins Martin Seifert of Campo, Christine and Berry Woolery of El Cajon, Norm Embleton of San Diego, Eric Embleton of San Diego, Jean and Dwight Raymond of San Marcos, and pre-deceased by Denny Embleton and Neal Seifert. Five sister-in-laws; eight brother-in-laws, 10 nieces; three nephews; and one great-nephew.

A celebration of his life was held on Monday the 14th at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Brunswick, Maine. Another celebration of his life will be held in San Diego in late spring. In accordance to his wishes, his ashes will be scattered in Piute Meadows of the Eastern Sierras also in late spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made Tim’s name to the American Cancer Society 207-373-3900 or Sierra Club, 415-977-5653.

Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home, Richmond, Maine.

George "Jim" Edward Lane

Litchfield-George (Jim) Edward Lane, 57, passed away peacefully Monday, January 7, 2007 surrounded by family in his home in Litchfield.

He is survived by his mother, Helen Lane of Litchfield, his wife, Joyce Lane of Litchfield, a brother, W. Carlton Lane, Litchfield, 2 sisters - Shirley Summers of Willard, Utah, and Sylvia Morrill of Litchfield, his 4 children, Tracy, Christopher, Catherine, James, and their spouses, 7 grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends in the community and from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

He graduated from CMVTI, was in the National Guard, worked as a mechanic for the State of Maine and privately, a driver for Kennebec Journal, and a driver for Rocking T Farms. His passions in life were his family and his large collection of antique western toys.

Viewing hours will be held Thursday, January 10th at the LDS Chapel on Hasson Street in Farmingdale, ME from 1:00 to 3:30 pm. Funeral Services will follow at the same location at 4:00 pm. Reception to follow. Burial services to be held in the spring. Services will include a chance for anyone to come forward and speak of memories or stories of Jim (George).

Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home 130 Pleasant St. Richmond, Me 04357

Ruth McClanahan

Dorothy Ruth Kempton McClanahan(Kempy)died Christmas Eve December 24, 2007 at Hill House Assisted Living in Bath, Maine. She was born August 21, 1912 to Willard Hoyt Kempton and Alice Coffin Kempton in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and the family moved to Avon Park, Florida in 1930. From there she attended Wooster College, Wooster, Ohio where she met her future spouse, Paul H. McClanahan (deceased 4/25/2005). An adventuress, she travelled with her husband to Egypt in 1947 in the employ of the Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions. There she became a gifted hostess for American and international guests at Assiut College in Assiut, Egypt. The family returned to the United States in 1962. Her husband was appointed chaplain and ethics professor at Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois and it was at Monmouth College that she completed her B.A., cum laude, majoring in art, and taught remedial reading in the public school system for ten years, retiring to Avon Park in 1978.

Ruth was a lifelong member of the Avon Park Garden Club. A skilled decorator and flower arranger, she was also an avid bridge player. She is survived by her four children, Neal of Avon Park, Paul of Bath, Maine, Alice of Yorktown, Virginia, and David of Richmond, Virginia, three grandchildren, Brendan, Maria, and Paul, and great grandchild Peter.

Cremation arrangements are extended to Kincer Funeral Home, Richmond, Maine. Her ashes will be carried back to Avon Park by her son Paul and her daughter-in-law Peesh and she will be buried next to her husband in the Bougainvillea Cemetery, Avon Park, arrangements made by the Fountain Funeral Home, 507 US 27 north. A graveside service will be held by Pastor Burt Lawrence at 11 AM on Wednesday, January 2, followed by a reception at the Union Congregational Church, 106 N. Butler Ave., Avon Park.

Leo “Bugs” Frederick Trott

Richmond-Leo F. Trott, 76, of 226 Front St. passed away on Saturday, December 22, 2007 at his residence.

He was born on January 21, 1931 in Gardiner the son of Walter and Bertha (Brown) Trott. Leo was a 1949 graduate of Richmond High School. He married Janet Moeller on Dec. 7, 1951.

Leo proudly served his country during the Korean War in the Mediterranean. Bugs was a 47 ½ year veteran of Bath Iron works, retiring in 1995 as a lead man straightener.

He was a member of the Richmond American Legion and fifty year member of the Village Lodge, Bowdoinham.

Leo enjoyed watching the Red Sox, but, the most important part of his life was his family.

He is survived by his beloved wife Janet of 56 years, his sons Rog and wife Sharon of Topsham, Wally and wife Susan of Richmond, Darrell of Richmond, daughters Pam and husband Michael of South Gardiner, Carole and Husband Richard of Lusby, Maryland, his special loves his grandchildren; Nathan, Shana, Samantha, Erika, Andrea, Alana, Spencer, Hilary, Annie, Kelci, Richard Alan, great grandchildren Wyatt and Owen, special brother Charles of Richmond, special aunts Millie of South Gardiner, Bertha of Gardiner, special brother in-law Joe and wife Evelyn of Bowdoinham, sister in-law Georgia and husband Jim of South Carolina, brother in-law Fred and wife Tillie of Arizona, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends are invited to visit Thursday, December 27th 1 to 2pm at Kincer Funeral Home with a service to follow at 2pm with Pastor Tom Frey officiating. Burial will take place in the spring at Forest Hill Cemetery, Dresden.

In Leo’s memory donations may be made to the: Independence Association 87 Baribeau Dr., Brunswick, Me 04011, the Special Olympics 125 John Roberts Rd. Suite 19 South Portland, Me 04106 or the United Methodist Church Pleasant St. Richmond, Me 04357.

Condolences may be expressed at www.kincerfuneralhome.com

Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home 130 Pleasant St. Richmond, Me 04357.

Cecily Carlisle "Carli" Coughlan

Harpswell – Cecily Carlisle “Carli” Coughlan, 43, of Orrs Island, Maine and Seattle, Washington, died peacefully following a long illness on December 19, 2007 surrounded by family and the caring staff of the MidCoast Hospital.

Born June 27, 1964 , she was the third of four children of Peter Reed Coughlan and Cecily Baker Coughlan. A dedicated musician, equestrian and student, she attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. Upon graduation, she received dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Biology and Psychology at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. While at college, she was a dedicated member of the Women’s Varsity Crew for several semesters. Immediately upon graduation, she moved west to train and apprentice with internationally renown rowing expert Frank Cunningham in Seattle Washington. She also became a member of the Lakeside School faculty as an English Teacher and Crew Coach. In her spare time she enjoyed training herself in her scull with the Lake Washington Rowing Club. Shortly thereafter, she was appointed head coach of Martha’s Moms (a Women’s Masters Rowing club). Under her gentle guidance, they secured two National Masters championships. In addition she began private tutorials and coaching for recreational and Olympic scullers.

Carli returned to the east coast to accept a teaching internship at Phillips Exeter Academy in the English Department as well as coaching their Junior Varsity Women’s Crew. During her two year tenure at Exeter, she pursued a Masters degree at the Breadloaf School of English in Middle bury, Vermont. Throughout her academic career, Carli was committed to the pursuit of grace in rowing through discipline, commitment, focus, the art of refined movement, the elegance of motion in and through the water, and the balance of body, boat and spirit. She was a dedicated educator and mentor in both the classroom and the boathouse. She valued her mentorship of elite athletes in both physical and personal development and growth. An accomplished pianist and composer, her work was often in demand.

Throughout her illness, she was a passionate student of healing modalities. She was a devoted alternative healing advocate for reiki, massage therapy, diverse energy explorations, acupuncuture, shaminism, rolfing and astrology. Reading, writing, music, birdwatching, kayaking, and letter writing to family and friends brought treasured relief from the classroom. In addition, she wrote a published book of poetry, a collection of short stories, as well as books of nonfiction and the art of coaching crew.

Carli is predeceased by her mother, Cecily Baker Coughan. She is survived by her father Peter Reed Coughlan (Orrs Island, ME), her brother Peter Baker Coughlan (Portland, ME), Her sister and primary caregiver, Christine DeCoursey Coughlan ( Orrs Island, ME), sister Poe Coughlan Cilley ( Alna, Maine) and nephews Jonathan Connor Cilley (Alna, Maine) and Tristan Hunter Cilley (Alna, Maine).

The funeral service will be December 23, 2007 at 2pm at Saint Philips Episcopal Church, at 48 Hodge Street, Wiscasset, Maine. A Memorial celebration of Carlis’s life will take place in Seattle later the spring. Friends and family are welcome to both.

In lieu of flowers, please send all donations to the Orrs and Bailey Fire Department, P.O. Box 177, Orrs Island, Maine.04066

Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home 130 Pleasant St. Richmond, Me 04357.

Dwight Wayne Cook

Dresden-Dwight W. Cook, 64, of the Middle Rd. died unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at MaineGeneral Medical Center, Augusta.

He was born on June 26, 1943 in Richmond the son of Leon and Dorothy (Smith) Cook.

Dwight worked for Bath Iron Works for over 30 years as a crane operator, lead man for rigging and Material Clerk.

He was a past member of the Dresden Volunteer Fire Department from 1974 to 1990 and former first and third selectman of Dresden.

Dwight was predeceased by his parents Leon and Dorothy Cook, sister Sharon Cook, brother Clifton Cook, sister in-law Muriel Cook and brother in-law Durwood Thompson.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years Estelle Cook of Dresden, daughters Carla Suire and husband Steve of Limestone, Crystal Leeman and her husband Kerry of Wiscasset, Monica Marcum and her husband Henry of Oregon, Roberta Green and her husband David of North Whitefield, sons Wayne Cook and his wife Debie of New Jersey, Ryan Cook and his wife Sharon of New York, step son Frank Anderson of Ellsworth, step daughter Shanna McNeil and husband Eric of Georgia, father in-law Charles Rittall of Dresden, Mother in-law Mildred Rittal, Brother in-law Charles Rittall Jr., Farmingdale, sister in-law Cheryl Martin of Richmond, sister in-law Stephanie Haskel of Dresden, 21 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

A graveside service will take place in the spring at Forest Hill Cemetery, Dresden.

In Dwight’s memory donations may be made to the American Lung Association 122 State St. Augusta, Me 04330.

Katherine Theresa Lahar Ellis

Dresden – Katherine Theresa Lahar Ellis, 84, of Gardiner Rd., died on December 16th, 2007 at Togus VA Hospital.

She was born on September 29, 1923 in Hartford, CT, the daughter of Howard and Mabel (Selleck) Lahar.

She served her country proudly in the US Navy during WWII as a nurse. She later went on to work at several hospitals and private medical practices as a nurse.

Katherine was a member of New England Chapter American Bell Association and American Bell Association. She was a communicant at St. Joseph’s Church, volunteered at the Cohen Center, and was a Literacy volunteer. She enjoyed singing in the church choir, bell collecting, square dancing, traveling, and cross country skiing.

She is survived by her children Thomas Ellis and his wife Christine of Georgia, Richard Ellis and his wife Doreen of Connecticut, Kathleen Shepard and her husband Peter of Bar Harbor, MaryEllen Banaszek of Canaan, Timothy Ellis of Connecticut, Elaine Martinelli and her husband Pete of Georgia, Nancy Russell and her husband Robert of Dresden; sister Joan McLaughlin; former spouse Edward T. Ellis; 20 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son Terry.

Family and friends are invited to visit on Thursday, December 20th from 4 to 7 pm at Kincer Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, December 21st at 11 am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Gardiner. A committal will be in the spring at Forest Hill Cemetery, Dresden. A gathering will follow the Mass at the Gardiner American Legion 46 Griffin St. Gardiner.

Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home, 130 Pleasant Street, Richmond, ME.

Barbara A. Goben Ruby

Brunswick-Barbara A. Ruby, 75, formerly of Durham and Richmond died Thursday, December 13, 2007, at the Skolfield House in Brunswick.

She was born in Boothbay on February 21, 1932, the daughter of Roland and Rose (Nickerson) Burke.

Barbara owned her own home bakery in Freeport and later worked as a bookkeeper for L.L. Bean, Auerbach Shoe, Eastland Shoe and Freeport Shoe for over 35 years, retiring in 1980. Not to just sit at home, after retirement she owned and operated her own restaurant, B & G Variety, in Durham for many years, showcasing her love of cooking.

Barbara was a member of the Topsham American Legion Auxiliary and a past member of the Rebekkas and Eastern Star.

Barbara married her first husband, Norman Goben Sr., in 1952. After his death she later married Frank Ruby in 1980.

She was predeceased by her parents and both husbands. Barbara is survived by her sons Norman G. Goben Jr., of New York City, Roland "Ron" Goben of Richmond, granddaughter Christal Strout and husband Brent, of Turner and great granddaughter Taylor Strout.

Memorial visitation will take place on Wednesday, December 19th from 4 to 7pm at Kincer Funeral Home. Burial will take place in the spring at Maine Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Skolfield House Activity Fund, 26 Cumberland Street, Brunswick 04011

Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home 130 Pleasant St., Richmond, Me 04357.

Raymond W. Sanborn

Richmond-Raymond W. Sanborn, 80, of the Alexander-Reed Rd. died Nov. 26, 2007 at Miles Memorial Hospital, Damariscotta following a long illness.

He was born in South Portland on Dec. 15, 1926 the son of Elmer Sanborn and Lida (Rust) Sanborn. He was raised and attended schools in South Portland.

Raymond proudly joined the Navy in 1945 to serve and protect the country he loved during WWII. He was employed as an Electrician with IBEW local 567 until he retired.

He married the love of his life August 23, 1958 in Portland, Maine. They later moved to Gray where they raised their 6 daughters. His work later took them to Sheridan Wyoming, where they lived for many years until returning to Maine to retire.

He loved watching and talking about sports of all types. The Red Sox were his favorite team. He found great pleasure in riding his lawn tractor, playing cribbage and competing in trivia questions with his wife. What he loved the most was his family.

He is predeceased by his wife Cecile (Bilter) Sanborn who unexpectedly past away Nov.2, 2007.

He will sadly be missed by his 7 surviving daughters, Sharon Dobbins, Sheril Lillard, Kaye Bouchard, Cindy Sanborn, Lori Wood, Cecile Greenman, Rae Hoskins; 13 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

At his request, no formal service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Fisher House Foundation Inc., 1401 Rockville Pike, Suite 600, Rockville, MD 20852, an organization that helps injured veterans and their families.

Arrangements are by Kincer Funeral Home, 130 Pleasant St., Richmond, Me 04357. 207-737-4395

Condolences may be expressed at www.kincerfuneralhome.com

Mae Jeannette “Jean” Van Dyke

Bath- M. Jean Van Dyke, 92, of Governors Way in Topsham passed away on Friday, Novmeber 23, 2007 at the Hill House in Bath.

She was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 15, 1915 the daughter of John and Jennie (Johnson) Wahlberg.

Jean was a graduate of the University of Minnesota receiving her degree in nursing.

She married Karl Van Dyke, Jr. in 1942 in Denver, Colorado and later would live in Indiana, Oklahoma, Texas and New York before retiring in Maine in 1981.

She had a career in the airline industry where she was employed as a Chief Stewardess for American Airlines, started the stewardess training school for Continental Airlines, and ended her flying career as a stewardess with Northwest Airlines.

Jean was a dedicated housewife and mother. She was active in the Glen Head (New York) Gospel meeting House and with the Springhill Gospel Chapel in Westbrook.

Jean was predeceased by her beloved husband Karl and four sisters.

She is survived by her daughter M. Kristen Johnson and husband Richard of New Hampshire, John S. Van Dyke and wife Nancy of Edgecomb, James A. Van Dyke of Nobleboro, 6 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, December 2nd at 3pm at St. Andrews Episcopal Church on Glidden St. in Newcastle.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Hill House for all their loving care.

Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home 130 Pleasant St. Richmond, Me 04357

Mildred E. Pinkham

Dresden-Mildred E. Pinkham, 99, of the River Rd. passed away on Monday, November 26, 2007 at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick.

She was born in West Boothbay on August 29, 1908 the daughter of William and Lillian (Swett) Hodgdon.

Mildred worked for Etonic Shoe of Richmond for many years. She was a member of the Dresden Richmond United Methodist Church, the Rebekah’s of Richmond, the Richmond American Legion Auxiliary and Dresden Historical Society. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, knitting, crafts and reading.

Mildred was predeceased by her beloved husband Edward C. Pinkham, sons Edward Pinkham Jr., Clayton Pinkham, sisters Florence Davis, Theresa Emerald, Julia Gray, and grandson Terry Pinkham. She is survived by her daughter Verona Lewis and husband Melvin of Dresden, 4 grandchildren Deborah McAllister and husband Jeff of West Bath, Peter Lewis and wife Sue of Dresden, Ernest Pinkham of Litchfield, Stephen Pinkham of South Carolina, 9 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchildren.

At the request of the family all services will be private.

Condolences may be expressed at www.kincerfunerlhome.com

Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home 130 Pleasant St. Richmond, Me 04357.