Ithamar Murch "Ike" Bellows, 101, passed away Oct. 27, 2018. He was born Feb. 17, 1917, in Freedom to Charles Eugene Bellows and Fannie Ida Murch Bellows. In addition to his parents, Ike was preceded in death by Madaline, his wife of 70 years; his two sisters Phyllis B. Smith and Mary B. Bessey; and brother Eugene, who died in infancy.

Ike graduated from Freedom Academy in 1936. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from October 1940 through October 1945. He was stationed in England preparing for the Allied D-Day invasion of Europe, and landed at Omaha Beach a few days after the initial invasion. He and Madaline were married Dec. 24, 1946, in Auburn. They operated a dairy farm for many years in Freedom and lived in several other New England States before settling in Amenia, N.Y. in 1958. He worked 20 years for the state of New York at the Wassaic State School before retiring to Troy and Clearwater, Fla. They moved to Hendersonville, N.C., in 1995 where he was active in shuffleboard and was known locally for his carvings. He was a member of the Unity Masonic Lodge 58 for 71 years.

Ike lived a long, productive, and happy life. For him it included a positive outlook; he loved to laugh and tell jokes, often self-deprecating; and he never wanted anything he couldn’t afford. He expressed his artistic side through his amazing carvings and woodworking projects. He never heard the warning that hot dogs aren’t good for you; he would take hot dogs and baked beans over a three-course steak meal any day, and ice cream was an absolute daily necessity.

Left to cherish his memory are his children Roderic H. Bellows (Cheryl) of Travelers Rest, S.C., and Nedra J. Bellows (James Murphy) of Lincolnville; grandchildren Jeffrey Bellows (Joseph Vitterito) of Woodstock, Conn., Jason Bellows of Denver, Colo., Erin Bates of Richmond, Va., and Steven Bates (Clazina Van Andel) of McKinleyville, Calif.; great-grandchildren Elias, Elliot and Evan Bellows-Vitterito, Ike and Harper Bellows, and Farrah Bates; sister-in-law Edith Nutter Estes Jordan of Asheville, N.C.; nieces Carlene Bessey and Camilla Charrier, both of Clinton, and Marcia Thompson (Merle) of Searsport; and nephews Michael Smith of Florida and Barry Estes (Dianne) of Asheville, N.C.

Private interment and services will be held in Maine. Memorial donations may be made to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.