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BANGOR - Paul R. Strout, 93, died peacefully Feb. 5, 2015, at the Maine Veterans Home, Bangor. He was born Dec. 26, 1921, in Charleston, the son of Milford M. and Addie Mae (Robbins) Strout.

Paul graduated high school from Higgins Classical Institute in Charleston. Following graduation, he proudly served in the Army Air Corps in the South Pacific during WWII. He was a radio operator on a B25 Bomber. After the war, he attended college, graduating from Beal College with his degree in Accounting. He met and married Lois Lincoln of LaGrange. The shared 59 years together. Paul was a loyal and dedicated employee as office manager/accountant for Bean & Conquest for over 30 years. He was well known for his skill and knowledge in accounting and tax preparation. Paul had a fondness for crossword puzzles and was a harness racing enthusiast. Those close to him knew well his inability to ignore his sweet tooth. Paul was always willing to share with the kids and grandkids.

In addition to his parents, Milford and Addie Strout, he was predeceased by his brothers, Norman and wife, Ethel Strout, Malcolm and wife, Margaret (Jiggs) Strout, Keith Strout and Robert Strout; brothers-in-law, George Sawyer, Howard Trafton and Boyd Hopkins. Surviving in addition to his wife, Lois (Lincoln) Strout, are his son, Brian P. Strout and wife, Lori, of Bangor; daughters, Julie Lebowitz and husband, Murray, of Bangor, Paula Benoit and husband, Joe, of Bangor and Janice Wagner and husband, Doug, of Bangor; son, Ronnie M. Strout and wife, Karen, of Warner Robbins, Ga.; and seventeen grandchildren, Emily Wing, Norman Campbell, Andrew Koncinsky, Jennifer Durham, Julie Hovencamp, Joe Campbell, Lindsay Hartwell, Michelle Goody, Krysta Koncinsky, Laura Tardiff, Clacy Haslett, Zachary Strout, Max Lebowitz, Abby Lebowitz, Hayley Strout, Taylor Heard and Maddie Strout. Paul was blessed with eleven great-grandchildren, Addison Rickenbach-Wing, Alivia Wing, Russell Hovencamp, Aiden Rickenbach, Cameron Strout, Nathan Strout, Deacon Durham, Sierra Goody, Vera Koncinsky, Fiona Hartwell and Joseph Hovencamp. He is also survived by sister, Barbara Hopkins; brother, Maurice Strout and wife, Marilyn; sister, Muriel Sawyer; sister-in-law, Barbara Strout; brother, Donald Strout and wife, Lorayne; sister, Nathalie Trafton; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are welcome to call 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor, where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, with the Pastor Jack Dowling, officiating. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center St., Bangor, following the service. A spring interment will be in the Maine Veterans Cemetery, Augusta. Those who wish to remember Paul in a special way may make gifts in his memory to the Maine Veterans Home - Bangor, 44 Hogan Rd., Bangor, ME 04401 or the Glenburn Evangelical Covenant Church, 911 Hudson Rd., Glenburn, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.
Published on  February 7, 2015
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