Richard W. Ilvonen

Aug 05, 2019
Richard Ilvonen

Owls Head — Richard W. Ilvonen, 92, died peacefully Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, surrounded by his loving family at Sussman House in Rockport. Richard, known to all as Dick, was a faithful son, husband, father and friend.

Born in Owls Head Oct. 2, 1926, he was the son of Uno J. and Hilma Hill Ilvonen. Dick attended elementary school in Owls Head. He attended Lee Academy for a year before graduating from Rockland High School. While still attending high school, Dick drove a bus, picking up other students in Owls Head, taking them to school, and then driving them and himself home in the afternoon.

Following high school, Mr. Ilvonen scallop-fished for two years out of New Bedford, Mass. He was also employed for a summer with a carnival in 1948. From 1950 to 1954, he went commercial fishing out of Rockland. A hard worker his entire life, he was never one to be idle. He was involved in the construction of the Maine Turnpike in Litchfield during its early years. Later in life, he started his own businesses for propane distribution and welding.

In 1952 Dick married the love of his life, Margaret "Peggy" Packard. At that time, Peggy had a 3-year-old son, Charles, whom Richard loved as his own. While raising Charles, Peggy and Dick welcomed three more children into their family, Uno, Shelby and Tracy.

In 1960 Dick began the construction of a family cottage on Donnell Pond in Franklin. Together with his family, he enjoyed more than 58 wonderful years at this special place. Entertaining friends and hosting family gatherings were some of his favorite pastimes. An avid hunter and fisherman, he was also an outstanding cook, who was especially well known for his famous salmon dinners.

Following the passing of his wife in 1995, Richard enjoyed the companionship of Ms. Benadicta "Bena" Andrews for the past 18 years. Mr. Ilvonen had a sharp, keen mind and was always an engineer at heart. He could often be found working in his shop, designing and constructing with iron. He loved socializing, meeting with friends and sharing stories.

Mr. Ilvonen was a lifelong member of the Rockland Lodge of Elks and was most recently recognized as one of that organization’s most senior members. He was a lifelong member of the Owls Head Fire Department and a member of the Masons.

He will be deeply missed by all who loved him.

Predeceased by his wife, Peggy; his sister Barbara Linquist; a brother, Carl Ilvonen, and his wife, Elsie; his daughter Shelby L. Pare; and his son Uno and his wife, Darla, Mr. Ilvonen is survived by his son Charles F. Knight and his wife, Cathy, of Birmingham, Ala.; his daughter Tracy Richardson and her husband, Kevin, of Camden; a son-in-law, Roger Pare, of Owls Head; his grandchildren, Chris Knight and his wife, Julie, of Brooklyn, N.Y., Casey Knight Bass and her husband, Patrick, of Birmingham, Ala., Uno "Jake" Ilvonen and his companion, Melanie, Teel Ilvonen, Kalli Ilvonen, all of Owls Head, Wyatt Berry of Camden; his great-grandchildren, Connor Bass, Eleanor Knight, Taavi Ilvonen, Beatrice Knight, Hannah Joy Bass, Kaarina Ilvonen; his siblings, Mary Orne of Rockland, Kenneth Ilvonen and his wife, Kathy, of Owls Head; Elsa MacFarland of Dallas; as well as many nieces, nephews,great-nieces and great-nephews; and too many friends to count.

Family and friends are invited to visit from 10 to 11 a. m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland, where a funeral service will be held immediately following at 11 a m. The Rev. Richard Catalano will officiate.

Interment will follow at Ocean View Cemetery, Spruce Head.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, 516 Carew St, Springfield, MA 01104. To share a memory or condolence with the Ilvonen family, visit their Book of Memories at

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