Charles B. Houghton Sr.
LEWISTON -- Charles B. Houghton Sr., 77, of Carthage passed away on August 26, 2013, with family by his bedside at Central Maine Medical Center.
Charlie was born in Carthage on November 17, 1936 to Leo and Thelma Houghton.
He entered the Army National Guard in 1959 and studied heavy equipment machinery with the 6th Armored Calvary at Fort Dix, NJ. Post military service he returned to Maine and married Frances Hutchinson in 1963.
Charlie worked as a logger for most of his life, including 30 years with Timberlands, Inc. of Dixfield. In 1984, he put his chainsaw down and began working as an equipment operator building logging roads and landings throughout Maine.
For much of the 1970s, he raced at Oxford Plains Speedway, where he enjoyed success and fan support. He was an avid sportsman with a love for hunting and a great respect for nature. He shared this passion with his family and friends until his final days.
Charlie was a special man who endeavored to do everything right because everything has a right way to be done. This was evident in his drawing, writing, throwing of a curve ball or knuckle ball, hunting deer and coyotes, driving his race car, playing his guitar, and singing in his band, inventing devices to assist his work, fixing machines, cutting or welding steel. If he could see it and study it, he could fix it, play it, drive it, and even build it.
His many nieces, nephews, and extended family knew his love and cherished his company.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Frances; two daughters, Melanie Harvey and husband, Bob of Poland, and Melinda Quirion and husband, Spencer of Toano, VA; three sons, Charles, Jr. and wife, Amanda of Carthage, Linwood and wife, Jill of Gorham, and Clifton and wife, Lori of Carthage; grandchildren, Leya and Ragyn Harvey, Mathew Pagurko, Macy Pagurko and Myles Quirion, Charles Houghton III, Ivy and Nolan Houghton, Cole and Cady Houghton, Cody and Mackenzie Houghton; his pet dog, Mae and cats, Noah and Lily.
He is predeceased by three brothers, Leroy, Conrid, and Kermit; and three sisters, Corless, Kemeritis and Arletta Clark.
Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Wiles Remembrance Center, 42 Weld St., Dixfield on Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. Public memorial services will be held at the Center on Thursday at 11 a.m. The family asks that those who desire consider memorial gifts to the charity of one’s choice.