Charles W. Horne

April 21, 1917
- October 08, 2004

MILO - Charles W. Horne Sr., 87, died on Oct. 8, 2004, at the Maine Veteran's Home in Bangor, after a relatively brief period of ill health. He was born on April 21, 1917, in Milo the third son of Maurice and Dicea (Henderson) Horne. Charles was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps serving during World War II from May of 1942 through August of 1945 in North Africa and Italy assigned to the 82nd Fighter Group of the 97th Fighter Squadron. After the war Charles married his beloved Ellie and together they made their home on Clinton Street in Milo where they lived for 50 years, raising their children and then enjoying their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Charles worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway as a fireman until he joined the family business, M.C. Horne and Sons, with his dad and brothers. In his retirement he worked for several years driving school buses for M.S.A.D. No. 41. Charles was a community minded man, serving on the board of selectmen and as a trustee for the Milo Water District for many years. He pursued his love of harness racing by owning and racing horses in Maine and belonging for many years to the Maine Harness Racing Association. He was a 55-year member of the Piscataquis Lodge of Masons in Milo. He also was a member of the Tri-County Shrine Club, and the Anah Temple Shrine in Bangor. He also was a long time member of the American Legion Post No. 41 in Milo. Charles had a wonderful recall of the way life in Milo was when he was a child and growing up and raising his family. A true story teller, he regaled his family and many friends with details of years gone by. His hobbies included hunting, fishing and bird watching, always wanting to be the first one in the family to spot a robin in the spring. He knew the words to hundreds of songs, and passed his love for movies and musicals on to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Charles and Ellie built a cottage which was fondly named Schoodic Heights in 1960, and he was never happier than when he could spend time with his "kids" at the family cottage on Schoodic Lake. Charles was predeceased by his wife, Eleanor (Morrison) Horne in 1995; and a brother, E. Alden (Pete) Horne in 1996. Charles is survived by a son, Charles Jr. of Bangor; and a daughter, Kathryn Witham and her husband, Carroll, of Milo with whom he had made his home for the past few years. He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, Carolyn Dillon and her husband, Bud, of Milo and Thomas Witham and his wife, Leslie (Brace) Witham, of Brunswick, great-grandchildren, Joshua and Brianne Dillon and Hayley and Morgan Witham; one brother, Allan E. Horne and his wife, Norma, of Milo; sisters-in-law, Grace Greene of Lincoln, Violet Neal of Millinocket, and Ethel Cianchette of Pittsfield; brothers-in-law, Frederic and his wife, Leatha Morrison and Richard and Lucille Morrison of Millinocket, many beloved nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to call from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2004, at the Lary Funeral Home, Milo. A celebration of Charles' life will follow at 2 p.m. with Pastor David Mumford officiating. Burial will be in the family lot in Evergreen Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Shriners Hospital-Boston, care of Anah Shriners, P.O. Box 735, Bangor, ME 04402.

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