RUMFORD — Ceylon “Ceeley” E. Putnam III, 65, of Peru passed unexpectedly the morning of Sept. 11.

He was born March 22, 1953, in Rumford, a son of Ceylon E. Putnam Jr. and Mona (Noyes) Putnam. He attended grammar school in Peru and was a graduate of Dixfield High School. Ceeley started his career at Timberlands and went on to work in construction for a short while before becoming a self-employed logger.

In 1998, he purchased Dimension Lumber Co. in Livermore Falls with his wife, Linda, which he proudly operated with his family. Ceeley’s hobbies included pulling oxen. He has grown his herd to approximately 40 head of cattle. He enjoyed being a member of the Farmer’s Steer and Ox Club, for which he served as treasurer.

Ceeley is loved by his wife of 40 years, Linda (Eastman) Putnam, of Peru, whom he married on the farm May 27, 1978; a son, Ryan Ceylon Putnam, and his wife, Amanda, and their children Zackary Ceylon Putnam and Emily Ryan Putnam, all of Peru; a daughter, Billie Jo Putnam, of Dixfield; a sister, Fonda Smith, and her companion, Richard “Richie” Nadeau, of Greenville; a brother, Dana Putnam, and his wife, Natalie, of Peru; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his folks; a brother-in-law, Carrol Smith; and a nephew, Jerry Smith.

A celebration of life service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Randall Farm, 76 Haines Corner Road, Livermore Falls. Remembrance gifts may be given to either the Farmer’s Steer and Ox Club to encourage youth involvement in raising and training steers, or to the Maine Diabetes Association.

His family invites you to visit his memorial wall at and leave messages of hope and favorite cherished memory.

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