CARIBOU – Howard Randolph DeGrass, 88, died June 18, 2005, at the Maine Veteran’s Home in Caribou. He was born Aug. 2, 1916, in Upper Waterville, New Brunswick, Canada, the son of Arthur Byron and Sophia Eva (Jacques) DeGrass. Howard graduated from the Carlton County Vocational School. Upon graduation, he worked on the family farm and later left Upper Waterville to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II in occupied Japan with General MacArthur’s Honor Guard. Howard married Carolyn (Ranney) DeGrass July 13, 1941; she predeceased him on April 24, 1976. After returning from the service, Howard worked for the A.M. Smith Company in Presque Isle and later worked for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company retiring after many years. In his retirement, Howard enjoyed painting houses and worked on the restoration of the James School. Howard’s value of education lived through seeing his children and grandchildren continue their college experiences and become successful adults. He especially enjoyed being outdoors and often attended suppers and meetings at the Presque Isle Fish and Game Club. Howard was an active member of the Congregational Church in Presque Isle. He thoroughly enjoyed harvest suppers, painting in the church and parsonage, and being a part of the church community. Howard loved his native country, Canada, and whenever he had a chance he would go for a drive by the old farm, shop at the farmer’s market, and travel across the covered bridge in Hartland, N.B. Howard is survived by two sons, Roger Degrass and his wife, Linda, of Truro, Nova Scotia, Ray DeGrass and his wife, Barbara, of Rockport; a daughter, Brenda Felch and her husband, David, of Cross Lake; grandchildren, Randy DeGrass, Derek DeGrass and his wife, Melodie, Katy, Ben, and Eric DeGrass, and Melissa Johnson; great-granddaughter, Madison DeGrass; stepgrandchildren, Jackie (Felch) Brooker and her husband, Joe, and their children, Courtney and Chase, and Jim Felch and his wife, Sosan and their children, Zackary and Sahar; niece, Barbara Morris and her husband, Ike; and nephew, Paul DeGrass and his wife, Dale, will sadly miss Howard; two brothers, Claude and Graydon DeGrass; and three sisters, Marie Russell, Margaret Tuck, and Norma Wiggin, predeceased Howard. In addition to his brothers and sisters, he was predeceased by a very special daughter, Jane Elizabeth DeGrass, July 28, 1971. Howard is the last of the children of Arthur and Sophia Eva DeGrass. Family and friends may visit with the family Friday, June 24 from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m. at the Congregational Church in Presque Isle. In lieu of flowers, friends and family who wish to contribute in memory of Howard DeGrass may do so through the CAARC Memorial Fund, care of Judy Robertson, 8 Pleasant St., Caribou, ME 04736. There will be envelopes available at the church. Arrangements made by the Duncan-Graves Funeral Home, Presque Isle. <>