John Lawrence Cushman Sr., 86, of Searsmont, passed away May 12, 2019, at Togus Springs in Augusta with family by his side. John was born March 29, 1933, the oldest of 13 children to Lawrence E. Cushman Sr. and Viola (Skinner) Cushman.

He was predeceased by both parents; his first wife Esther (Harriman) Cushman; son Dennis Lee; brothers Robert Sr. and James; his sister Bertha Ruuk; sisters-in-law Thelma and Trina; brother-in-law Ray Baron; and a special Aunt Hester Ryan.

He is survived by his wife, Josephine; sons John Jr. and wife Angela, and George; four stepsons, Joel Long, Jason Long, Jarred Long and wife Shona, and Justin Long and wife Karen; two stepdaughters, Jolene Long, and Dennessa Hildings and husband Foy; four stepchildren from his first marriage, Joseph Coolbroth, Mary Howard and husband David, Jennie Coolbroth, and Charlene Joy and husband Terry; siblings George, Esther Reece, Ruth Merrifield, David and wife Sylvia, Mary Baron, Dorothy Sherwood and husband Paul, Janice Glidden and husband Reginald, Steve, and Lawrence Jr. and wife Nancy; siblings' spouses, Harold Ruuk, Shirley and Shearlene; 26 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He served in the Army from June 1953 to May 1955. When he returned home, he worked for Sprowl's Lumber, Penobscot Poultry and Robbins Lumber while keeping up with his gardening, farming, haying and wood-cutting. John remained busy until the last few years of his life as a member of Searsmont United Methodist Church, VFW, American Legion, Anah Shriners, Quantabacook Lodge, Grand Lodge of Maine, Valley of Rockland, Arbutus OES and the 40/8.

He enjoyed playing cards, especially his daily cribbage games with his brother David and nephews Raymond and Russell Gelo. He loved riding his motorcycle, camping, fishing, bowling, visits from "grampa's special girls" Kaylee and Alyssum, as well as trips to New Hampshire to spend time with family.

There will be a graveside service at Oak Grove Cemetery in Searsmont on Saturday, June 1, at 10 a.m. A gathering of family and friends will be held at the Masonic Lodge following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Togus Springs, 1 VA Center, Augusta, ME 04330, where, during his final hours, he was provided with love, compassion and exceptional care. Memories and condolences may be shared at ripostafh.com.