MARS HILL - Merle R. Cowperthwaite, 69 passed away Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 at a Brewer health care facility. He was born in Presque Isle, Oct. 1, 1944, the son of William and Eva (Tardy) Cowperthwaite.
He was a graduate of Presque Isle High School, Class of 1963. Merle worked as a maintenance man at Northern Maine Technical School for many years. He always said he was the new kid at the job, and learned so much from the older men that he worked for. He had many fond memories of working at the school. Merle was self-employed at the Slaughter House in Mars Hill and worked as Deputy Sheriff. In 1988 he married his wife, Carol Mosher Kenison. They had 25 great years. They enjoyed the times they spent in the woods, just riding ATV's or bird hunting from their woods camp. He was an avid hunter, gun collector, and all hunting gear, especially antiques. Merle was especially proud of his Master Guide license and in the later years loved guiding moose hunters, especially the "Rockland Cowboys" who grew to be extra special friends. Joe Ginn and his wife, Stacey have been a huge blessing to the whole family.
Merle is survived by his wife, Carol of Mars Hill, his sister, Donna Dzierzynski and her husband, John of Blaine, two stepsons; Paul Kenison and his wife, Teri of Orono, and Scott Kenison and wife, Marcy of Poland, grandchildren, Holli, Lukas, Tayler, Hannah and Sarah Kenison. He was predeceased by his parents. He can finally hear his best friend, Crouse saying "Hey Squirrel."
Friends and family may call 6-8 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Duncan Funeral Home, 8 Main St., Mars Hill. Evening Memorial Service by Aroostook Lodge 197 AF & AM will be held at 6 p.m. A graveside service will be held in the spring at Fairmount Cemetery, Presque Isle. Donations may be made in his memory to the Central Aroostook Humane Society, 26 Cross St., Presque Isle, ME 04769. Online condolences may be expressed at www.duncan-graves.com.