Artie Pease, 86, died peacefully at home in his sleep Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. He was born June 20, 1934, to Arthur and Velma Pease. Artie grew up in Burkettville with eight brothers and sisters Tena (Childers), Sylvia (Deas), Lucky, Reenie (Arey Mahoney), Dennis, Donita (Drinkwater), Vaughn and Cal.

He went through the Appleton schools and upon high school graduation, joined the Air Force during the Korean War. The small town boy from Maine served and traveled throughout the U.S., Mexico and England. After four years of service, he moved back to his beloved hometown.

Soon, Artie met and married the love of his life, Mona, on his birthday, June 20, 1959. They raised three children, David, Shelley and Lana, modeling and living their lives authentically. He knew the importance of a good foundation.

Artie was a hard worker. He loved his work in the woods as a logger and in his later years, he worked as a truck driver for Marriner’s Construction. A strong work ethic; do your best; be true to your word; provide for your family; put your back into it!

Artie loved nature. His children learned to identify every type of tree, Maine wildlife and many birds at an early age. Trees were planted and harvested. He loved wood heat and nothing was more comforting on a winter day than one of his fires in his wood stove. He was serious about the wood — he hand-picked the wood, cut it, split it and let it season outdoors before stacking it in the shed to finish drying for the perfect fuel.

Artie showed self-sufficiency. There were always fresh vegetables in the summer. Throughout the years, he enjoyed having a small farm. He had cows, pigs, sheep, turkeys and chickens. The animals were always a good excuse to keep him close to home. His children saw farm animals in their birth and death. They all were given names — Cleo the cow, Arnold the pig and Cluck the chicken were fed and cared for — and then became food for the family.

Artie had common sense. Sensible. Logical. No time for BS or drama. He kept things simple. He was a quiet man — but observed and listened and picked up everything. Artie was a homebody, but when his children were growing up — they camped and traveled all over New England and Canada. Of course, he was the chief fire builder and was a master breakfast chef on these trips. Although cooking was not his usual home duty — no hamburger tasted better than ones he made in his cast iron frying pan. Split pea soup was another specialty. He also made a mean liver and onions — that dish he ate alone.

Artie liked to tinker. He always had a tractor and a pickup with a manual column shift. He taught all of his kids how to drive. Even as adults, he would ask them if they checked the oil in their car and would change it while they were visiting. He was not much for material things — but he did own an antique Model A and a Remington rifle.

Artie was a kind and joyful person. He loved family and would do anything for them. He loved holidays and family gatherings and the Fourth of July. He was a member of the Liberty Amvets Post and Masons Liberty Lodge and proudly accepted his 50-year pin. He believed in fellowship — a generous and loyal friend — Artie lent a hand or gave his last dollar to help.

Artie is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Mona; son David and husband Ed Tobolski of Falmouth, daughter Shelley and partner, Mark Wallace of Waldoboro and daughter Lana and husband Alex Arau of Rockport. He leaves behind his grandchildren, Tori Arau of Boulder, Colo., and Colby Arau of Rockport, and a special niece, Tiffany Pease of Burkettville and her daughter, Marissa.

He was predeceased by his parents and his brothers Lucky and Cal Pease.

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