Harold K. (Bud) Pike
May 29, 1925 - December 6, 2017
Service Date: December 12, 2017
A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the North Waterboro Community Baptist Church, where you are invited to a calling hour, at the church, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Committal Prayers and burial will be at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Saco.
Harold K. (Bud) Pike, 92 of Ossipee Lake in Waterboro, died on December 6, 2017, at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough.
Harold was born on May 29, 1925 in Buxton, the first born son of John F. and Lillian (Marston) Pike. He was raised in Saco and attended Thornton Academy.
In 1943, Bud married his soulmate and wife, Louise A. Harris and then enlisted into the Marine Corps during World War II, where he served as a radar operator on land, sea, and air installations, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was in a large invasion flotilla in the South Pacific heading for Japan when the U.S. dropped the two nuclear bombs on August 5, 1945. He subsequently was part of the early occupation of Japan at Yokosuka. Upon returning home from the war, Bud and Louise moved to Saco with their one-year old son, Ronald, and built the family home. He worked for Hunnewell Trucking Company as a trailer-truck driver for several years, driving Route One round-trip from Boston to Portland until health problems prompted a job change.
Bud had been stationed in California during his Marine Corps service before going overseas. His wife Louise had an aunt in Compton, CA and together they decided to pack-up and move, now with two more young sons joining the family, Russell and Reed. They lived in Compton for two years, 1950 – 1952, but yearned to be closer to family in Saco and the family home. While in California, Bud entered into the GM Training program which proved handy when he began looking for work in Maine. He worked at Chadwick Oldsmobile from 1955 – 1957 when he joined Greyhound Bus Lines, where he drove for 23 years, retiring from the company in 1980.
During these years, he built a second home at Amy Lane on Ossipee Lake. It was 1967, and with true grit, Bud built the foundation, did all the framing and with the extra money they were able to set aside, their dream of living full time at the lake came to be in 1984. During his retirement years, Bud and Louise enjoyed trips across the U.S. and Canada in various RV’s, usually spending the winters in Arizona. They were able to do this for over 25 years. Bud was an expert carpenter and mechanic; a CDL professional driver with hundreds of thousand miles driven without an accident. He was also a consummate deer hunter, including a Big Buck patch. He continued to hunt and loved being out in the woods until he was 90 years old.
Bud will be remembered by most as an outstanding story-teller, charming his listeners with hunting and driving stories by the hundreds. He will be dearly missed by his wife and family and many friends.
He is lovingly survived by his wife of 74 years, Louise A. Pike; his sons, Ronald Pike, Russell Pike and wife Karen; Reed Pike of from Maine; and a daughter, Lois A. McDaniel and husband Tom of Montana; his sisters, Muriel Rompery and Doris Fournier, both of California; Carolyn Poush of Montana; and Gloria Staggs of California; his eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, from Maine, NH, Montana, Washington State, and Nevada.
Harold was predeceased by his sisters, Evelyn Culp, Irene McDuffey, Katherine Yadrich and a brother, Arnold Pike.
A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the North Waterboro Community Baptist Church, where you are invited to a calling hour, at the church, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Committal prayers and burial will be at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Saco.
The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.