HOULTON – Henry W. Ivey, husband of Marcinne (Sewell) Ivey, passed away Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, after a lengthy illness. He was born May 10, 1924, to Edward and Nellie (Kitchen) Ivey.
Henry proudly served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946. His tour of duty took him to the European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign onboard the U.S. Army Hospital Ship, Charles A. Stafford. After his honorable discharge from the Army, he came back to Houlton and established Ivey’s Radio Cabs. His cabs set his business apart as they were the first two-way radio vehicle system north of Bangor. The Ivey’s owned and operated the successful taxi business for 17 years before it was sold. Entering the hospitality business in 1958, he and his wife, Marcinne, established Ivey’s Motel, Bangor Road, Houlton. Through several expansions, the motel grew to 45 rooms, a full service restaurant, a lounge and weekly live entertainment. In 1985 they launched a second motel, Ivey’s Motor Lodge, a full service hotel, at Interstate 95 in Houlton, across from the Tourist Information Center. As a local successful business family, they were proud to serve Houlton and the surrounding area for 55 years. He was a member of Monument Lodge of Masons No. 96 AF & AM, Aroostook Chapter Royal Arch Masons No. 20, St. Aldemar Commandry No. 17, Anah Temple Shrine and American Legion. He was also a member of Houlton Lodge of Elks No. 835.
Henry is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Marcinne of Houlton; children, Joanne Greenspan and her husband, Michael, of Houston, Texas, Steven and his wife, Cathy, of Augusta, Linda Ivey Lefurgey of Maricopa, Ariz., Mark and his wife, Tiffany, of Lincolnton, N.C.; and brother-in-law, Malcolm Sewell and his wife, Blanche. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; sisters, Christine and Geraldine, brother, John; and his son-in-law, David Lefurgey.
Friends may call noon-2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Dunn Funeral Home, Houlton, where a celebration of Henry’s life will be held 2 p.m. with the Rev. Mark Ivey and Brian Hovey officiating. Donations may be made in honor of Henry Ivey to Alzheimer’s Association of Maine and Christ Alive Church, Newton, N.C., care of Dunn Funeral Home, 11 Park St., Houlton, ME 04730. Online condolences and guest book at www.dunnfuneral.com.