Obituary: Lawrence “Punk” House | Lewiston Sun Journal


Lawrence “Punk” House

NORTH TURNER – Lawrence “Punk” House, 86, a resident of North Turner passed away Thursday, May 13, 2021 at his residence.

He was born Nov. 6, 1934, the son of Maynard House and Francena (Starbird) House. Punk graduated from Leavitt Institute in 1953 where he played baseball and basketball. He married the love of his life, LaVerna Gibbs on May 1, 1955.

Punk, also known as the “Mayor” of North Turner operated House’s Market until his retirement in 1999. House’s Market was his avocation where you could find everything on Aisle 52, but if he didn’t have it you didn’t need it.

Punk was a lifelong Red Sox fan and loved to watch games with LaVerna. He lived a life dedicated to family and community. He served on the Turner Volunteer Fire Department and loved a good chicken barbecue. He was a former member of the snowmobile club and had fond memories of his snowmobile trip to Yellowstone National Park.

Punk served two terms on the school board and later served as Selectman from 2003 to 2013. He was a Brother and Past Master of Nezinscot Lodge No. 101 in Turner and was a past member of Kora Temple in Lewiston. Punk was a member, Elder, and Lay Pastor in North Turner Presbyterian Church. He had a terrific sense of humor matched only by his love of family and community.

He was predeceased by his parents Maynard House and Francis Starbird House; sisters Eleanor Sloan and Virginia Bishop; and grandson, Zachary House.

He is survived by his wife LaVerna (Gibbs) House; son, Michael House and his wife Dennette House, daughter, Darleen House and her husband Phil Somers, son, Richard House and wife Norma House, daughter, Mary Beth Morris and her husband Mark Morris, daughter, Alicia Beck and her husband James Beck, and son, Jason House and wife Mary House; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Messages of condolence may be sent to: http://www.finleyfuneralhome.com

Funeral services with Fireman Honors will be held 1 p.m., Sunday, May 23 at Boofy Quimby Memorial Center “BQMC”, 96 Howes Corner Rd., Turner. Visiting hours will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 22 at FINLEY FUNERAL HOME, 15 Church St., Livemore Falls. Members of the Nezinscot Lodge 101 will meet at 3:45 p.m., at the funeral home. Interment Turner Village Cemetery, Church Street, Turner.

If desired contributions may be made to:

North Turner Union Presbyterian Church,

P.O. Box 560,

North Turner, ME 04266



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