Kenneth D. Lavoie, 56, died Feb. 19, 2010, at his home surrounded by his family.

Ken was born Oct. 31, 1953, in Caswell, a son of Alphonse and Adelia (Ouellette) Lavoie.

Ken was an ardent patriot and student of American history. His interest in politics was legendary, and a source of comment among family and friends. He and his wife, Jody, recently completed a trip to his mecca in the West — the Ronald Reagan Library.

He was a master electrician and a skilled troubleshooter of intricate electrical components. For 10 years he was co-owner of a large construction firm. Later, as a mill manager for Pleasant River Lumber Company, he envisioned and incorporated a multi-million-dollar upgrade, bringing in state-of-the-art forest products manufacturing technology. At the time of his death, he was back in the construction industry he loved.

Ken will be sadly missed and is survived by his childhood sweetheart of 33 years, Jody (Ward) Lavoie, and his two beloved daughters, Jessica Snyder and her husband, Todd, of Hope, and Laurie Merrill and her husband, Derrick, of Dover-Foxcroft; five grandchildren, Joshua, Emily, Samantha, Leah and Tyler; his mother; a brother, Roger Lavoie, and his wife, Nancy, of Standish; and three sisters, Marcelle Lavoie of Manchester, Conn., Lynne Lavoie and her husband, Maxwell McCormack, of Unity, and Lisa Lavoie of Caribou; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father, two brothers, Maurice and Raymond; and a sister, Sylvie.

Visiting hours were Feb. 21 at Lancaster & Morgan Funeral Home, Caribou, where a celebration of his life was held Feb. 22.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care & Hospice, 170 Pleasant St., Rockland, ME 04841.

Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at ancastermorgan.com.