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Isaac ‘Ike’ Howes

ASHLAND – Isaac “Ike” Howes, 96, passed away peacefully Jan. 7, 2014, surrounded by his family at the Maine Veterans Home, Caribou. He was born June 9, 1917, in Ashland, a son of the late Frederick and Elizabeth (McPherson) Howes.
He married Edna Bolstridge in Ashland, who died at the young age of 39 years, leaving him to raise their seven children, aged two to 11 years old. Ike was a veteran, serving with the U.S. Army in Panama. He worked with Beaulier Oil Co., Guy Kirk, and the Town of Ashland. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, and doing many fun things for and with his children.
Ike is survived by: seven children, Inez Stockley of Charleston, Cynthia Carney of Massachusetts, Wanda Eltzroth and her husband, Norris, of Pennsylvania, Myrna Roberts of Charleston, Connie Stevens of Presque Isle, Frederick Howes and his fiancée, Catherine O’Clair, of Ashland, and Sheila McPherson and her husband, Neil, of Bangor; two stepchildren, Dawn Clark and her husband, Milton, of Ashland, and Laura Bouchard of Portage; one brother, Merton Howes of Florida; 17 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; many stepgrandchildren and great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Ike was predeceased by: his first wife, Edna (Bolstridge) Howes; his second wife, Winnie Gardner; two stepchildren, Ellen Brooker and Leroy Howes; three brothers, Allen, Guy and Louis; and nine sisters, Beatrice, Charlene, Della, Eugena, Fredena, Harriet, Janice, Katherine, and Nina.
A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at Advent Christian Church, Ashland. Relatives and friends may greet the family 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Friday, at Advent Christian Church, Ashland. Arrangements are a service of Lajoie Funeral Home-Ashland, 114 Exchange St., Ashland. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ike’s name may be made to: Maine Veterans Home-Caribou, 163 Van Buren Road, Caribou, ME 04736. To share condolences online, please visit

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