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PETER J. NESS

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HAMPDEN - Peter James Ness, 48, passed away peacefully April 29, 2013, with his loving wife at his side after an eight year struggle with an acquired brain injury he suffered while security supervisor for Securitas at Eastern Maine Healthcare Mall, Bangor. Pete was born Oct. 28, 1964, in Baraboo, Wis., to James J. and Sandra J. (Peters) Ness Feverston.

He is survived by his wife, Corinne "Cory" (Pervear) Ness, who was his constant companion and primary caregiver; as well as his parents and stepparents, Dr. James J. and Ellyn Ness of Mesa, Ariz., and Dr James D. and Sandra J. Feverston of Hampden. He also leaves behind a daughter, Victoria Mae Ness Wills, 20, of Alamogordo, N.M.; stepbrother, James D. Feverston Jr. of Mexia, Texas and wife, Donna, and son, Trenton; as well as stepsister, Leah (Feverston) Guzman of Las Vegas and husband, Salvador, and children, Ethan and Ashley. He will also be greatly missed by his stepdaughter, Jennifer Mayhew of Corinth; stepson, Jeffrey Mayhew of Hermon; and three grandsons, Quintin, Landon and Dawsin, who all loved their "Papa Pete." Additionally, Pete leaves behind several aunts, uncles and many cousins; including very special uncle, Tom Peters of Reedsburg, Wis.; and special aunt, Rosemary Niespodziani of Stevens Point, Wis. Pete was predeceased by grandparents, Lawrence and Eleanor Niespodziani of Stevens Point, Wis.; and Herman "Pete" and Jeanette Peters of Lake Delton, Wis.; infant half sister, Jamie Ness; and four year old nephew, James Douglas "Trey" Feverston III.

Pete was an Eagle Scout and earned the Order of the Arrow. He attended Philmont Scout Ranch, Cimarron, N.M., National Scout Jamboree, Fort A. P. Hill, Va., and World Boy Scout Jamboree. He later became an assistant scout master. He was a graduate of Southern Illinois University, SIU, Carbondale, Ill., where he majored in criminal justice. At SIU he was an active member of Reserve Officer Training Corps., and after graduation was inducted into the U.S. Air Force as a commissioned officer. His father proudly pinned his lieutenant bars on him. Pete attained the rank of Captain and served as a missile commander during Operation Desert Storm. Pete was also a member of the SIU Equestrian Team, Civil Air Patrol, Pine State Amateur Ham Radio Club, KBIKMX, and the Maine Air Museum, Bangor. He appreciated a wide range of music from country to classical and enjoyed playing and watching golf and rooting for the Chicago Cubs. He was a lifelong Green Bay Packer-backer! Pete always had an active interest in United States history and was involved in many military reenactment activities. During high school and college he participated in Revolutionary War reenactments and together with his dad, U.S. Cavalry and Civil War events. In support of his living history hobby he became an accomplished tailor, woodworker and equipment fabricator. Later, he and Cory enjoyed World War II and Vietnam events and exchanged vows in June 2002, during an authentic wartime wedding ceremony at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum's World War II weekend in Reading, Pa. Following his injury, eBay missed him terribly.

A private family service was held May 1, with Pastor Elaine Hewes officiating prior to cremation. An informal celebration of Pete's earthly life will be held 4-7 p.m. May 31, at Camp CaPella, 8 Pearl Point Road, Holden. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Peter J. Ness Memorial Scholarship Fund, Camp CaPella, P.O. Box 552, Holden, ME 04429. Camp CaPella provides recreational and educational experiences for children and adults with disabilities. Pete and Cory spent a fun week there every summer for the last four years.
Published in BDN Maine on May 18, 2013
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