Carl R. DeWitt
Mar 31, 1930 - Jan 21, 2017
- Carl R. DeWitt, 86, went home to Heaven early Saturday, January 21, 2017, with his wife and daughter by his side. Carl was born March 31, 1930, in Presque Isle, the eldest and only son of Judson and Freda (Whitten) DeWitt.
After graduating from Ricker Classical Institute, Carl enlisted in the US Army. He then married Betty Pryor and shortly after was shipped out for a tour of duty in Korea. While in Korea, Carl was Sgt. FC in the motor pool near the frontline. After returning stateside, Carl and Betty resided at Fort Benning, GA, then returned home to Houlton, opening his own service station and garage in Littleton. When the garage was leveled by a fire Carl moved to the County Road and went into farming with his father, Judson. Carl believed Katahdins were the only potatoes worth growing and shipped the best in the County. While still farming, Carl worked part time at Lynds' Machine Shop and Hagan Manufacturing. Carl helped Carl Hagan build the first potato harvester manufactured in Aroostook County. Following his retirement from farming, Carl worked for Trombly as a mechanic repairing the equipment used to complete the northern end of I-95. Carl later went to work for Gerard York at York's of Houlton. Mr. York referred to Carl as the one mechanic he had always wanted to employ and sent Carl to be trained as an electronics technician. After York's, Carl worked for Brent Cyr & Sons.
Carl was a man of many talents. He was an excellent carpenter, building anything from structures to furniture. Of course he was a great mechanic, household repairman and general jack of all trades. His hobbies were many: model airplanes, photography, reading, ham radio operator, weather spotter for the Weather Bureau, gardener, outdoorsman, learning Morse code and too many others to mention.
Carl was devoted to the Lord and spent many hours studying the Bible and reading spiritual books. He loved country music, especially the old time hymns. Carl was a member of the Military Street Baptist Church in Houlton and loved his church family.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Betty (Pryor) DeWitt; sons, Steven C. DeWitt of Owlshead, Randy H. DeWitt and his wife, Kimberly, Brent A. DeWitt, all of New Limerick; daughter, Cynthia A. Floyd and her husband, Wayne of Linneus; grandchildren Nathan DeWitt, Alicia Studley and Jace DeWitt; great grandchildren Mason and Naia Studley; sister, Rowena James and her husband, Fred of AZ; sister-in-law Shirley Ward; brother-in-law Larry Pryor. He was predeceased by his parents; his sisters, Genevieve and Beth Ann.
Friends may call 10 - 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 28th, 2017, at the Military Street Baptist Church where funeral services will be held 11 a.m. with Rev. Randall Burns officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Military Street Baptist Church, 307 Military Street, Houlton ME 04730 or the charity of one's choice. For an online memory book and to leave condolences please visit