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Lyle Karkos (1935-2021)

Lyle Karkos

FARMINGTON - Lyle Evans Karkos, 85, of Farmington, formerly of Temple, died early on Wednesday evening, surrounded by his family at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington.

He was born in Farmington, July 13, 1935, the son of Merton L. and Bertha (Farrington) Karkos and was a member of the Wilton Academy Class of 1954. On Jan. 2, 1954, he married Gail Adams in Wilton. They made their home in Temple for many years and owned and operated Karkos Service Station in Farmington at several locations in the community for 37 years.

After his retirement, he volunteered at Franklin Memorial Hospital for 16 years, serving as a valet parking attendant. Lyle was an outdoorsman, who enjoyed snowmobiling, four-wheeling, and especially hunting. He and his boys spent a lot of time together at the family hunting camp in Temple. He was a member of Maine Masonic Lodge 20 AF and AM of Farmington and was one of the founding members of the Farmington Elks Club.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Gail of Farmington; sons, Richard and his wife, Donna of Topsham, Bruce and his wife, Sherie of Farmington, and Jon and his wife, Teresa of Temple; grandchildren, Sandra Powers and her husband, Ron of New Sharon, Kimberly Judkins and her husband, Garrett of Chesterville, Jonathan Karkos and his wife, Melissa of Rome, Paul Karkos and his wife, Danielle of New Vineyard, Richard Karkos and his friend, Nikki of Farmington, Kelsey Karkos and friend Kyle of Steamboat Springs, CO, Kayla Karkos of Temple, and Nicholas Karkos and his fiancé` Caihlan Snyder of Scarborough; two step-grandchildren, Amy Lazaro and her husband Ryan of Concord, NH and Alecia Wolfe and her husband, Arron of Oakland; 14 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, daughter-in-law, Joanne Karkos of East Dixfield, sisters-in-law, Donna Cunliffe of Skowhegan and Shirleen Dolder and her husband, Bob of Exeter, NH.

He was predeceased by his beloved son, Paul in 2005, his parents, in-laws, Harland and Jeannette Adams, brother-in-law, Dennis Adams and his wife, Susan, and brother-in-law, Eric Cunliffe.

Public graveside memorial services will be held at Lakeview Cemetery, Wilton, in the late spring or early summer after Covid-19 subsides and will be announced. The family asks that those who desire, consider memorial gifts in his memory to Franklin Memorial Hospital, 111 Franklin Health Commons, Farmington, ME 04938. Please share your memories and kind thoughts in his Book of Memories at www.wilesrc.com. Cremation care and memorial services are being cared for and provided by the Wiles Remembrance Center: Adams~McFarlane Chapel, 137 Farmington Falls Road, Farmington.

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  1. So very sorry for your loss. He was such a kind man.

  2. Dear Gail and family, please accept my deepest sympathy. So many, many fond memories going back over the years. May he Rest In Peace.

  3. Sorry to hear of the passing of Lyle. He will be missed.

  4. Oh Lyle, so sorry to read that you are gone. We had some good conversations in the past. Always enjoyed talking to you and Gail. I will think of you when I make my relish I glad you enjoyed it
    RIP. Fly high.......

  5. So sorry for this loss. Condolences to all of his family.

  6. Kayla I am so sorry for your families loss. Heaven has gained another angel. I remeber him from when my dad worked as a chaplain at FMH. Love to all.

  7. I'm so very sorry for your loss. Prayers for you all

  8. Our sincere condolences to the Karkos family. We were so appreciative of all the conversations we had with Lyle! He was such an amazing man. He will certainly, be missed. May he Rest in Peace.

  9. Gail and family. So sorry to read of your loss.. Lyle was a great guy. He will be missed.

  10. Sending love and prayers of comfort to Gail and family. Loved his spirit! He always made me smile and really enjoyed working with him at FMH! He will be missed !
    Big hugs ❤

  11. Our sincere condolences to Gail and family. Lyle was a lovely man and will be missed!

  12. Heart felt thoughts and prayers for Gail and family. We go way back and I have always treasured our friendship. Hugs.

  13. Our thoughts and prayers to Gail and her family. Kyle was a wonderful person.

  14. I am so sorry to read about Lyle's passing. I always enjoyed talking with him when I saw him and Gail, such nice people. My thoughts and prayers are with Gail and all of Lyle's family. He will be missed.

  15. GaIL & all:
    Lyle was a mainstay of this area; from running gas stations to volunteering at the Hospital. Such a friendly face on tough trips to FMH.
    He'll be missed by not only your family, but all of his friends on the outside. Thoughts coming your way.

  16. Dear Gail & Family......Thinking of you and sending my Sympathy and Prayers to you all. Lyle was
    always a very kind and friendly gentleman, his smile was genuine. Lyle ran a mighty fine garage and
    I was always grateful to know that I would not only be treated fairly and well, but I would be greeted like
    an old friend with a big Lyle smile. Lyle made the world a better place for many and he will be remembered
    very well by many.

  17. Sorry to hear this. Our condolences. He was a good man with a ready smile and cheerful outlook.

  18. Dear Gail, I am so sorry to hear of Lyle's passing. He was a caring and giving man who never forgot who I was even after I moved away for years. He never failed to say hello to me whenever he ran accross me. I am sure it was the same for a great many more people in our community. Heaven has gained a good soul with his entrance. Sending you many many many condolences

  19. So sorry to learn This. Condolences to all his family

  20. Everyone knew Lyle, and everyone liked him. We shall all miss him tremendously.

  21. So sorry to read this. Such a nice person. Always had a smile.

  22. Dear Gail & family, we are so sorry to hear of Lyles passing. I will always remember the great times I had at hunting camp with Lyle and the boys. We had A lot of fun and laughs. He was such a great person with a great smile, always. He will for sure be missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Mike & Sue

  23. To all of Lyle's extended family, our deepest condolences. Lyle was a wonderful member of our community and we will all miss him so much. I can't believe that he won't be there when I pull up to FMH's entrance, ready to help me out and to park my car. Lyle at the service station, in the FMH cafeteria, in Mert's yard in Temple... so many images to remember with great affection. We have all lost a treasured friend.

    Kathy and Terry

  24. Wrapping you both in love and respect. You were both role models for what I wanted in life and a relationship,thank you for being you.

  25. Gail and family,

    So sorry for your loss. It was always a pleasure seeing you and Lyle at the hospital and at the volunteer luncheons and dinner.

    Heidi Knight

  26. So sorry to hear of Lyle's passing. It was always so nice to meet up with him and Gayle and have a conversation with them. He always had a smile. My sympathy and prayers going out to Gayle and all the family. He will be missed by so many. Heaven has gained another Angel. RIP Lyle. Fly high with the Angels

  27. Lyle and his family were always very pleasant to do business with...He had a grand reunion with his son...Prayers to the family...

  28. My deepest condolences to the Karkos family. Lyle was always so friendly and energetic. I know he will be missed by many.

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