Norman Withee

Sep 30, 2019

Searsmont — Norman Withee passed away at the age of 92 on Sept. 24, 2019. He was born on Swans Island to George H. and Iris V. (Hamblen) Withee. He attended schools on Swans Island, then Rockland, and Portland High School. He gained his G.E.D. after returning from his enlistment in the U.S. Army Air Corps at age 17, serving in Germany during the occupation after World War II. Afterward he served with the United States Air Force Reserves at Dow Air Force Base in Bangor.

Norman worked at various jobs, but most notably as a ranger with Maine Forest Service in fire control in Newport, and in Benton and as the Regional Fire Control Officer for Maine’s western region headquarters in Greenville. During that time, he attended the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. Norman joined the Piscataquis Sheriff’s Department as a sergeant and emergency dispatcher following his career with the Forest Service.

Norman was an active community member and enjoyed farming, gardening, woodworking, the great outdoors, and writing short stories over the years. He was the first Boy Scout troop leader in Searsmont in the 1950s.  He was active member of United Church of Christ in Greenville and United Methodist Church in Searsmont. A supporter of the Searsmont Library, Norman built library shelves for the town library established by his wife, Joyce, with the assistance of numerous community members; and he volunteered many hours in the completion of the new Searsmont Community Building and Searsmont Historical Society barn.  Norman was a Third-Degree Mason at the Quantabacook Lodge in Searsmont.

Norman was married to Joyce for 62 years, during which time they enjoyed many life adventures and travel, supporting each other in all endeavors.

Norman was predeceased by his wife H. Joyce Withee of Searsmont; sisters, Janice Cole and her husband Richie of Deer Isle, Jeanette Staples and her husband Alfred of Belfast, and Alice Gross of Stonington; brother, Leon Conary and his partner John McGarvey of Florida; and grand-nephew, Evan Morse.

He is survived by brother-in-law Owen Gross of Stonington; sister-in-law Pauline Hill of Searsmont; daughter Karen Withee and Douglas Tinsman of Searsmont; son Mark Withee and wife Bonnie Flaherty of Gouldsboro; and daughter Valerie Nielsen and husband Ronald of Freeport; grandchildren, Kurt Nielsen and wife Leah of Bath; Erika Simonson and husband Kyle of Freeport; and Michelle Withee and fiancé Kevin Alley of Dedham; and great-grandchildren, Max and Kinsley.  Norman also leaves many very special nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 2 p.m. at Searsmont Methodist Church, followed by a reception at Searsmont Community Center.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to:  H. Joyce Withee Scholarship Fund, c/o Town of Searsmont, P.O. Box 56, Searsmont ME 04973. For more information and to express online condolences, go to longfuneralhomecamden.com.

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