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Solon - Howard Roy Rogers 97, of Solon , ME passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at his home with his family at his bedside.
Howard was born on August 1, 1921 to William Arthur Rogers and Beatrice Ellis in Flagstaff, ME. and graduated from Flagstaff High School.
Howard married Margaret “Peg” Wing on January 13, 1942 at the Williston Congregational Church in Portland, ME. They lived in Portland where he worked in the Shipyard & Peg attended the Golden School of Beauty. They were homesick for Flagstaff after a short time so they moved back home and Howard went into the service shortly after, where he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as an aircraft mechanic during WWII from 1942-1945. He was a Staff SGT. in
the 449th Bomb Wing working on B-24’s and he received many citations, including Bronze Stars.
After the war Howard returned home and worked in the woods cutting pulpwood with only a bucksaw and an axe. In 1949 the CMP Dam Project forced them to move out of their home when their Flagstaff home was flooded, and they chose to move to Solon, where they raised their 3 sons. Howard joined CMP company in 1952 and worked at Williams Hydro & Wyman Stations. After 25 years of service at CMP he retired and during the next several years he & Peg built
their own home without any loans, and moved into their home in 1976 with no mortgage.
Howard & Peg loved to go exploring all over Maine including their coastal vacations spent at Jonesport Beach, digging clams and looking for sea glass. They loved to explore back roads picking blueberries in Eustis - and canoeing whenever they could, with Peg paddling while Howard fished. They also loved to go dancing and went whenever they could, sometimes with everyone else clearing the dance floor to watch them. After Peg passed in 2008 Howard continued to explore back roads, sometimes alone or with a son or grandson along for the ride. He kept busy working wood piles- doing puzzles -& picking
fiddleheads on his land. Howard enjoyed eating any type of fish and ate fish almost every day, sometimes twice a day !! He was recently awarded the Boston Post Cane and was proud to receive such an honor, especially since his mother also received this honor.
Howard was predeceased by his wife Margaret- 5 brothers,Robert, Lee, Guy, Herbert, Frank & 1 sister Sally & 1 grandson Dan.
Howard is survived by 3 sons - Jim & Alice of North Berwick, Jeff & Sally of Madison, Jon & Paula of Solon, 7 grandchildren- Chris & Dorothy of Norridgewock, Cammie & Wendy of Vassalboro , Kelly of Berwick, Tracey & Dale of North Berwick, Joanne of North Berwick, Jonah of Augusta, & Duncan of Solon. 15 Great grandchildren and 6 Great Great Grandchildren.
The family wishes to give extra thanks to his sons,daughter-in-law Paula & grandson Jonah for the loving care at the end of his journey. Also many thanks to all his friends and neighbors who stopped by to visit - bring food - and share memories. At Howard’s request there will be no formal service. Family will have a private gathering at a later date at Flagstaff Memorial Cemetery in Eustis.
The family will also be having a Celebration of Life gathering during the summer and would love to see all of Howard’s friend’s come and share memories and food with us. If anyone would like to make a donation in Howard’s memory the family would suggest donating to Maine General Hospice, who were so helpful and caring to us and Howard.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Giberson Funeral Home and Cremation Services. To leave a condolence for the family and to view the online obituary, please visit www.gibersonfuneralhome.com