Gosta O. Meklin

Jun 09, 2017
Gosta Meklin

Warren — Gosta Oke Meklin, 84, died Sunday, June 4, 2017, at Sussman House in Rockport following a brief illness.

Born June 22, 1932, on the Meklin family farm at Ash Point in Owls Head, which was located on the property where the Knox County Airport now sits, Oke was the son of Gosta R. and Elin H. Karlsson Meklin.

Oke began school at Ash Point, but after his family moved to West Meadow Road in Thomaston, he attended Thomaston schools, graduating from Thomaston High School with the class of 1951. He worked a few years on the family’s farm before entering the Army in September of 1953.

Upon his return from the military, Oke worked at various jobs, including Emil Rivers Machine Shop, Rockland Wholesale, an auto dealership while he lived briefly in Massachusetts, several years as a truck driver delivering feed for Knox-Lincoln Feed and a few years as manager of that company’s Co-Op Store. Oke ultimately found his vocation when he began employment with his brother at Donald E. Meklin & Sons Excavating as a heavy equipment operator. He retired in 2007, at the age of 75, after more than 35 years' employment with his brother.

In his spare time, Oke enjoyed mowing his lawn, camping at Lilly Bay on Moosehead Lake, attending equipment shows and auctions, spending time at Medomak Trading Post, going out to eat (always ordering spaghetti) and attending sporting events his grandchildren were involved in, which included the occasional dance recital. More recently, he developed an affection for cats and dogs and very much loved his cat, Mittens. He also often visited the camp on Washington Pond, where he enjoyed just sitting and watching the goings-on on the pond.

Other than his parents, Oke was predeceased by his grandson, Dylan Oke Meklin, in 2015; two brothers, Donald E. Meklin in 2008, Kurt R. Meklin in 2015; a brother-in-law, Forrest L. Hooper Jr., in 2004, and the mother of his children, Margaret "Peggy" Meklin, in 2015.

He is survived by his soulmate and wife of more than 40 years, Susan Starrett Meklin, of Warren; his sons, Kevin Meklin of Brazil, Karl Meklin and his wife, Elaine, Dana and his fiancée, Michelle Sukeforth, all of Rockland; his sister, Barbara M. Hooper, of Warren; two sisters-in-law, Judy Meklin of Cushing, Brenda Meklin of Rockland; three grandchildren, Samuel Meklin, Jared Meklin and Ainsley Meklin; as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Friends and relatives are invited to visit from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 12, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 13. The Rev. Andrew Stinson will officiate. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery, Patterson Mill Road, Warren, with a reception following at the Warren IOOF Hall, Route 90.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either the Dylan Meklin Memorial Fund, c/o Attorney James Brannan, P.O. Box 1021, Rockland, ME 04841, or Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841. To share a memory or story with Oke’s family, visit their online Book of Memories at bchfh.com.

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