Carroll Ora Larrabee

April 22, 1934
- May 03, 2011

CARIBOU/MILO - Carroll Ora Larrabee, 77, died May 3, 2011, in Caribou, after a brief illness. He was born April 22, 1934, in Milo, son of the late Clarence and Marion (Blanchard) Larrabee. He was a graduate of Milo High School; U.S. Naval Academy Medical School, Bethesda, Md., as a radiology technologist, in 1959; and received a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Ricker College in 1980. He married Virginia Mae Stone, Oct. 25, 1957. Carroll began his long working career at Maine Leather, Dover Foxcroft. He then served with the U.S. Navy from 1953 to 1973, where he trained at Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Virginia, Camp Lejeune, N.C., and the U.S. Naval Medical School, Bethesda, Md. During this period he played trumpet in the Recruit Training Command Band. He served with the 3rd Medical Battalion, 3rd Marine Division in Okinawa, U.S. Naval Hospital, Newport, R.I, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, Cherry Point, N.C., Fitzsimons General Hospital, Denver, Military Sea Transportation Services, Oakland, Calif., USNS General W.H.Gordon, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division in Vietnam and the Eighth Naval District, New Orleans. Carroll was a member of Fleet Reserve Association, serving as president from 1972 to 1973. After his retirement from the military, he was employed as an x-ray and nuclear medicine technologist at Cary Medical Center for several years. After his retirement from Cary, and not one to remain idle, Carroll was employed at various area businesses. He was a true patriot and he loved his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. After major surgery in 2002, and a decline in health, his riding lawnmower was his mode of transportation. He could be seen happily mowing his lawn and his friends at Spud Speedway nicknamed him "Lawnmower Man." He had a keen sense of humor and took great pleasure in wiggling his ears to make his grandchildren laugh, as well as many adults in the area. Carroll loved to read history and war books. Surviving, in addition to his wife of more than 53 years, Virginia of Caribou, are his son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Veronica Larrabee of Caribou; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Nancy and Marcel Bosse of Caribou, Helen Larrabee of Huntsville, Texas, Debra and John Cook of Caribou and Carol and Cass Edwards of Auburn; his grandchildren, Janet Bosse, Audrey Larrabee, Madison Lively, Shawna, Elizabeth and Chelsea Cook, Brandon, Robyn and Nerissa Larrabee, and Oscar and Amber Edwards; great-grandchildren, Damian Theriault, Calie and Elizabeth Mecais, Teagan Dougherty, Marleia Stevens and Charlotte Larrabee; many nieces and nephews. Mr. Larrabee was predeceased by a brother, Keith; and three sisters, Murial, Helen and Marilyn. Memorial services with military honors will be held noon Friday, May 6, at Northern Maine Veterans Cemetery, Caribou, with the Rev. Ron Rosser officiating. Arrangements by Mockler Funeral Home, Caribou.

Published in Bangor Daily News on May 4, 2011

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