STOCKTON SPRINGS — Charles S. Kneeland, 94, passed away with his loving family by his side Sunday July 25, 2021, at a Belfast nursing home. He was born April 14, 1927, the son of Eva (Fayles) and Percy Kneeland.

Charles served two terms in the Navy on the USS Bunker Hill during World War II. He was married to the love of his life, Sheila, for 73 wonderful years. He was a charter member of the Jerry Dobbins Post 157 American Legon. He was instrumental in forming the MSAD 56 school district and served on the board.

Charles loved his gardens, playing cribbage and spending the winters in Florida. He had an amazing work ethic, holding several jobs at the same time to support his family. He worked at Viner Brothers in Bangor and later retired as a welding and building trades foreman from the Bucksport paper mill. Most importantly, Charles was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He is survived by his loving wife, Sheila (Spurling); three children, Stephanie Redman and husband Scott, Jeffrey Kneeland and wife Bonnie, and Gregory Kneeland and wife Bernadette; five grandchildren, Carrie, Jodi, Nicole, Ryan and Stephen; six great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, twin sisters, a grandson, Jason Kneeland, and seven brothers-in-law.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jason Kneeland Scholarship Fund c/o Maine Community Foundation, 245 Main St., Ellsworth, ME 04605. In keeping with Charles’ wishes, there will be no funeral service. Arrangements are with Young Funeral Home, Searsport. Memories and condolences may be shared at

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