LEWISTON — Rufus E. Ham, 80, died Friday, Feb. 28, at CMMC after a brief illness.

He was born May 8, 1933, to Everett and Vivian Ham. His childhood was spent in Lisbon Center. He attended local schools and graduated in the Class of 1951.

He briefly served in the U.S. Army, but had to return home on a compassionate discharge to assist his mother and siblings after the passing of his father. He worked 39 years for Central Maine Power Company between the Brunswick and Lewiston districts.

He married Nancy Reynolds on July 8, 1955, and was a strong family man, always helping family, friends and neighbors and always looking forward to family gatherings.

He was a 50-plus-year member of the Ancient York Masonic Lodge in Lisbon Falls and a member of the Kora Shriners in Lewiston.

The coffee pot is always on at the Ham home and has always been a place of gathering for the many friends and family to visit and partake in any of the latest “hot topics.”

Rufus was also pack master for Cub Scout Pack 109 for his boys. He owned Deering Brook Snowmobile Sales and Service in the mid 1960s and early ’70s and was always happy when tinkering in his garage.

He is survived by his loving wife, Nancy; son, Todd and Connnie of Durham; son, Gary and fiancee, Shelley, of Sabattus; grandchildren, Geoffrey, Joshua and Arianna; great-grandson, Aiden; step-granddaughter, Marcy (Patrick) Cox; sister, Lucy and husband, John Hylan, of Michigan; sister, Harriet and husband, Larry Hawkins, of Lisbon Falls; his sisters-in-law, Faye Brown and Doris Ham, of Lisbon Falls, Shirley Curtis and husband, Stetson, of Wiscasset and Beverly Reynolds of Durham; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Steve Ham; eldest son, Glen Ham; and brother-in-law, Bob Reynolds.

A more giving man you will never find and we shall all miss him dearly. So from all of us and your old friend “Reddy Kiolowatt,” it’s lights out ole Rufe and many God bless.

HAM — Rufus E., 80, died Friday, Feb. 28. A celebration of his life will be held at the Lisbon Falls Baptist Church in the gymnasium on Saturday, March 8, from 1 to 4 p.m., with a short service by family and friends beginning around 1:15 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lisbon Center Cemetery Association (where Rufus enjoyed helping out), c/o Todd Ham, 83 Pass Brook Road, Durham, ME 04222.

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