WATERVILLE -- Kenneth L. Stevens, 79, of Belgrade, passed away peacefully Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, at Inland Hospital with his daughter, Laurel, and sister Retha by his side after a battle with lung disease.
He was born Aug. 14, 1931, in Oakland, the son of Ormand T. and Florence (White) Stevens.
On June 14, 1952, he married Lorraine M. Butler, and they shared 57 wonderful years together.
Spending time with his family and friends were important to him. He loved playing cards and going to Hollywood Slots with his daughter and son. One of his recent favorite pastimes was to bake cookies and apple pies. He was so proud of his apple pies and shared them with everyone who came to visit. Kenneth enjoyed traveling with his wife, Lorraine, and they experienced many sights of the United States. He and Lorraine wintered in Florida with several close friends from Maine. His two children, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren were his greatest joy.
Kenneth started working for Warren Brothers Road Co. in 1949. It was purchased by Ashland Oil Inc., and the construction portion of this company was later purchased by British Tire & Rubber Co. It was then purchased by Thomas Tillings, known as Tilcon Maine Inc. Through those many owners, Kenneth progressed up the ranks to become a superintendent at the Fairfield branch of Tilcon Maine. He retired in 1995 after 46 years of service.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Lorraine; three brothers, Ormand T. Stevens Jr., Leonard W. Stevens and Edward J. Stevens; and two sisters, Margaret Stevens and Katherine M. Crawford.
Surviving are his two children, Laurel Nabarowsky and her husband, Jim, of Belgrade, and Kevin Stevens of Belgrade; two granddaughters, Eliza Butler and her husband, Wade, of Brewer, and Kelly Nabarowsky and her husband, Joel Davis, of Fort Worth, Texas; one grandson, Derek Nabarowsky of Rome; two great-grandchildren, Haylee Beckim of Fort Worth and Jacoby Butler of Brewer; four sisters, Frances Barrett of Waterville, Annie T. Knight of Belgrade, Rosa M. Shaw and her husband, Glenwood, of Augusta, and Retha J. Libby of Belgrade; along with many sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to visit Friday, Nov. 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Veilleux Funeral Home, 8 Elm St., Waterville. A funeral service will be held Saturday, Nov. 20, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, with the burial immediately following at Pine Grove Cemetery in Belgrade. A celebration-of-life gathering will be held following the burial, at the Belgrade Community Center for All Seasons in Belgrade Lakes.
The family would like to thank the staff at Inland Hospital, Health Reach Hospice, and Dr. Teresa Farrington for their excellent care and compassion during their difficult time. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to be made to the American Lung Association, 122 State St., Augusta, ME 04330.
You can shed tears that he is gone,
Or you can smile because he lived,
You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back,
Or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see him,
Or you can be full of the love you shared,
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember him and only that he is gone,
Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn back,
Or you can do what he would want:
Smile, open your eyes, love and go on.
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