CORINNA - Robert Edward Gudroe, 76, died March 29, 2014, at a Bangor hospital surrounded by his family. He was born Dec. 22, 1937, in Lewiston, a son of Edward and Marjorie (Whitman) Gudroe. He graduated from Dexter High School, class of 1956.
Bob was a 30 year member of the Corinna Fire Department, a Past Master and 50 year member of Parian Masonic Lodge, Corinna, and a member of the 946th Transportation Company, Army Reserves in Dexter. He was a maintenance supervisor at Eastland Woolen Mill in Corinna for many years, a foreman at Dexter Shoe Company, and retired from Charleston Correctional Facility (Mountain View) Maintenance Department. Bob was highly regarded in the community.
He was a lifetime member of the Maine Trapper's Association, the National Rifle Association, and was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, hunting, and snowmobiling. In his early years, he enjoyed playing town league softball and was also fondly remembered as a Little League coach. Bob built their camp in 1963 on Center Pond in Sangerville. He spent many good times there with his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends.
Bob is survived by his wife of 58 years, Elizabeth "Betty" (Willey) Gudroe of Corinna; three children and their spouses, Wanda and Chip Butler of Newport, Alan and Dee Gudroe of Lakeland, Fla., and Diana and Ralph McNaughton of Newport; a sister, Brenda Dinopoulos of Corinna; six grandchildren, Jarrett Butler, Nicholas Butler, Adam McNaughton, Brandon McNaughton, Rachel (Gudroe) Jeffs, and Marcy (Gudroe) Stevens; 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by sisters, Beatrice Weeks and Phyllis Bemis; and a grandson, Ryan Butler.
Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, at Crosby & Neal Funeral Chapel, 68 Exeter Road, Corinna, where a masonic service will be held at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, at the chapel with the Rev. Michael Wilbur officiating. Spring burial will be at Corinna Village Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Corinna Fire Department, care of of the Town of Corinna, 8 Levi Stewart Drive, Corinna, ME 04928. Those who wish may leave written tributes at www.CrosbyNeal.com.