Nelson Frank Stevens, 53, died April 3, 2010.

He was born in Hope July 9, 1956, a son of Herman and Audrey (Meservey) Stevens.

Nelson married the love of his life, Debbie, Dec. 30, 1976. They shared 33 years together. Some of their happiest times were spent camping in the north woods.

As a young man, Nelson joined Liberty Masonic Lodge 111. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and four-wheeling and was instrumental in the development of Friends & Neighbors Four-wheeling Club in Liberty. He served in the National Guard for 13 years and worked as a ship fitter at Bath Iron Works for more than 30 years.

He was predeceased by his birth-parents; a brother, David; a sister, Betty; his mother-in-law, Hazel; and a niece, Heidi.

Nelson is survived by his wife, Debbie; a brother, Earl Stevens, and his wife, Christine; a sister, Twila Damon, and her husband, Crosby; special parents Richard and Doris Palmer; brothers Charlie, Steven and Sandy Palmer and Wesley Phillips; a sister-in-law, Rowena Marr, and her husband, Harold; nieces and nephews Lori, Dot, Brenda, Katrina, Dawn, Danniela, Wesley, Lori, Leonard, Tonya, and Moxi; many special friends, coworkers and neighbors too numerous to name.

Nelson was a big kid at heart and will be remembered for his smile, laughter and willingness to lend a helping hand. He will be greatly missed by one and all.

“May you only hear the rustling of a big buck or moose, the call of a turkey, the crackling of a campfire, and the rumble of your Rhino four-wheeler as you rush along the trail and the words ‘I love you’.”

A memorial service will be held Friday, April 9, at 2 p.m. at Crabiel-Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast, with a reception to follow at Liberty Masonic Lodge.  Donations can be made in Nelson’s memory to Friends & Neighbors Four-Wheeling Club, 22 Lesperance Rd. Albion, Me. 04910, Liberty, Maine 04949. On-line condolences may be offered to the family at www.ripostafh.com.