Rupert Rowe Huntoon

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SUGAR LAND, Texas – Surrounded by loving family, Rupert Rowe Huntoon passed peacefully on July 15, in Sugar Land, Texas.

He was born June 8, 1913, devoted son of Harry Otto and Hazel Amanda Rowe Huntoon. He was educated in Rangeley schools and graduated from Kent’s Hill Academy, Class of 1932. He attended Farmington Teachers College and went on to study banking and finance through the American Institute of Banking.

A driver for the Triangle Bus Line for 10 years, he later joined the Rangeley Trust Co. in 1947. After 27 years, he retired in 1974 from the Rangeley branch of the Maine National Bank as a respected manager and loan officer, known for his work ethic and concern for the circumstances of others.

Having many hobbies and interests, including hunting, fishing, golfing, photography, he excelled at sports, especially baseball, basketball and track. A lifelong golfer, he played courses throughout his travels in the United States, Bermuda and the British Isles. His favorite course was always the home course in Rangeley, where he scored holes-in-one on both the second and 10th holes. He traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, Alaska and cruised the Caribbean, including the Panama Canal.

An active community member, his service included membership in the Rangeley Free Baptist Church for many years, serving as superintendent of the Sunday School, choir member and deacon. A member of the Kemankeag Lodge 213, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons for 65 years, he served as master for two years. He also served as local treasurer for several years for the Salvation Army.

During his years as a banker, he had the pleasure of being responsible for the disbursement of funds from the Aaron Soule Trust for Needy Children. With the assistance of Velma Lee Wilcox, each Christmas he took boys and girls shopping for necessary clothing, as directed by the trust. He served the Rangeley community as a volunteer fireman, contributed time and effort to many charitable organizations, including many years as a blood donor.

A devoted family man, he married Doris Phillips Kidder on June 15, 1940, and remained her loving husband for 55 years, until her death in 1995.

He leaves behind two children, Harland R. Huntoon, and wife, Kathy, of San Antonio, Texas and Kathryn Ella Cook of Sugar Land, Texas; he immensely enjoyed his four grandchildren, Kimberly Ann Morin of San Antonio, Texas, Edward Thomas Cook Jr., and wife, Gianina, of Austin, Texas, Amy Crume, and husband, Jason, of Iwa Beach, Hawaii and Kathryn McLain, and husband, Phillip, of Plano, Texas; five great-children and especially delighted to have met his latest great-grandchild, Amelia Katelyn Cook of Austin, Texas.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, including his faithful companion cat, Sneakers.

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