CARMEL - Lauris "Ike" M. Hodsdon, 81, passed away peacefully March 13, 2014, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born March 29, 1932, in Carmel, the son of Guy and Edwina (Philbrick) Hodsdon.
Lauris grew up in Carmel and married the love of his life June (Duplissa) Hodsdon in 1959. They were married for 54 wonderful years and June predeceased him on Jan. 12, 2014. June and Lauris owned and operated the Char Grill in Carmel for many years. Lauris served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked for the B & A Railroad for 31 years until his retirement. Lauris was a member and Past Master of the Benevolent Lodge No. 87 of Carmel. He enjoyed feeding his birds, wild turkeys and walking his favorite little dog "Spunky." Lauris also enjoyed visiting Hollywood Casino on karaoke night and was known to bet on a horse or two. He was a deeply devoted husband, father, and grandfather, and will be sadly missed by all that knew him.
He is survived by his son, Stanley Allen and wife, Belinda, of Carmel; a brother, Philip Hodsdon and wife, Marylyn, of Portland; grandchildren, Andrea "Boo Boo," Denise, Stanley, DJ, Kiana "Pizzy Wizzle"; six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; a dear friend, Lee Higgins; sisters-in-law, Mary Gilbert, and Pat Duplissa; and a brother-in-law, Adolph Duplissa and wife, Barbara.
Friends may call 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. Interment will be in the spring at Highland Cemetery, Carmel. Gifts in his memory may be made to St. Joseph's Hospice, P.O. Box 403, Bangor, ME 04402. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.