Earl Charles Stevens, 68, of Lincolnville, died Monday, Aug. 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 133rd 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”!

He is predeceased by his parents; his brothers, David and Nelson; and 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 fiancée, 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, and 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 at 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 15, 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 longfuneralhomecamden.com. Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Camden.