TOPSFIELD and BANGOR – Charles Warren Hodsdon, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Born July 25, 1921, in Topsfield, Warren was the son of Samuel Ross and Phylena (Noyes) Hodsdon.
The first 20 years of his life were spent in the Topsfield-Codyville area. Shortly after his marriage to Nellie Hatfield in 1942, Warren enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in France where he was wounded. After being discharged, Warren began a 30 year career with U.S. Customs serving in Madawaska, Calais and Bangor. Warren retired to his boyhood hometown of Topsfield. Warren’s life was centered on his family and his God. Numerous hours were spent working at Washington County Baptist Youth Camp, distributing scriptures with the Gideons and sharing his faith with others. Warren also served several terms on the Calais school committee and as a selectman in Topsfield. Warren loved to hunt and fish with family and friends. He planted a large garden every year and made maple syrup each spring. Warren also enjoyed cooking and baking for one and all. For many years Grandpa’s Farm was a happy place where grandchildren loved to visit.
Warren is survived by son, Richard of Calais; daughter-in-law, Carol of Plymouth; son, Ross and wife, Cathy, of Fairfield; daughter, Aleta and husband, Will, of Rowley, Mass.; son, Charles “Chuck” and wife, Judy, of Bangor; stepdaughter, Marjorie Tibbetts of Waterville; stepson, Clyde Ricker of Standish; 16 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; sister, Carol Jordan of Bowdoin; and many other dear relatives and treasured friends. Warren’s beloved wife of 52 years, Nellie, predeceased him in 1993. Nellie was a perfect partner who encouraged him to grow into the man he became. A few years after Nellie’s home going, Warren met and married Alice Ricker, his beloved companion until her death last year. In addition to his parents and wives, Warren was predeceased by brothers, Henry and Edward; and sisters, Viola Lenfest, Vera Allen, Verna Merrill and Kay Hunt.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to Hillside Free Baptist Fellowship, 14 Hillside Ln., Topsfield, ME 04490 or Gideons’ Memorial Bible Fund, checks payable to The Gideons International, Katahdin Camp, 48 Webb Cove Dr., Enfield, ME 04493 or Bibles’ International- Designate for the printing of the Hatian Creole New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs, 609 36th St. S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49548. Warren’s funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Hillside Free Baptist Church, Topsfield, where family and friends may visit 1 p.m. until the service begins. A committal service will be immediately afterward at Hunt-Hodsdon Cemetery, Upper Codyville Road, Topsfield. Arrangements by Kiley & Foley Funeral Services, 299 Union St., Bangor. Condolences may be offered at www.kileyandfoley.com.