LINCOLNVILLE — Earl Charles Stevens, 68, of Lincolnville, died on Monday, August 3, 2020 at Maine Medical Center in Portland with his wife, Christine Ludwig Stevens, by his side.
Born in Knox on July 9, 1952, he was the son of Herman Nelson and Audrey Ruth (Merservie) Stevens. A 1970 graduate of Mount View High School in Thorndike, Earl completed a two-year program at Central Maine Technical Institute.
For over 20 years, Earl served in the 133 rd Engineering Battalion of the Maine National Guard. He also worked doing many different jobs including driving a school bus, Penobscot Poultry in Belfast, heavy equipment
operation/transportation, building, and carpentry. He was always drawn back to the woods working with his chainsaw cutting wood. He acquired a portable sawmill and enjoyed cutting trees then milling the wood for
building projects. Earl was a member of the Liberty Masonic Lodge #111.
Earl married Christine Ludwig Matson on April 17, 2004. He loved his family, friends and working with his hands. Earl “th’ Pearl” will always be remembered as a man who could have a conversation with anyone often saying, “they’re only a stranger once”!
Predeceased by his parents; his brothers, David and Nelson; his sister, Betty. Also, Richard Palmer and Lloyd and Cleola (Winters) Colby who raised him as their son.
He is survived by his wife, Christine Stevens. Also surviving are his children, Lori Staples and husband Kevin; Dorothy Guindon and husband Garrett; Brenda Storey and husband Sean; Randy Matson and his fiancé Christina Richardson; and Hannah Matson and husband Brandon Smith.
He also leaves his sister Twila Damon and husband Crosby, and sister-in-law Debbie Stevens, special mother Doris Palmer, brothers, Charlie, Steven, and Sandy Palmer; mother-in-law, Barbara Ludwig; brothers-in-law, Al Ludwig and wife Peggy, Keith Ludwig and his significant other Barbie Dinsmore; grandchildren, Mason, Antonia, Audrey, Jeremy, Jakob, Madalyn, Sophia, Kennedy, Jeffrey and Bentley; great-grandchildren, Sebastian, Lincoln, Dylan, Matthew and Evette; many nieces and nephews.
Earl will be missed by his many special friends, co-workers, and the “extra kids” he always treated as his own.
A private family graveside service will be held in Hunt’s Memorial Cemetery in Liberty. All are welcome to attend a memorial gathering being held Saturday, August 15, 2020, at 3 p.m., at the Liberty Community Hall, Route 220, Liberty.
Memorial gifts in his memory may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 516 Carey St., Springfield, MA 01104.
Condolences may be shared with the family at www.longfuneralhomecamden.com.
Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain Street, Camden.