LIMESTONE – Mahlon C. "Bud" Harvey, 91, beloved husband of the late Sarah M. (Butler) Harvey, passed away Sunday morning, July 15, 2012, surrounded by his loving family at a Caribou nursing facility, after an extended period of declining health. He was born March 16, 1921, in Patten, son of Boardman P. and Cassie M. (Tompkins) Harvey.
Bud was a graduate of the Patten Academy, class of 1939, and moved to Aroostook County in the fall of 1945 working as a Maine state potato inspector. He was married to Sarah M. Butler, March 16, 1946, and had been employed in the construction of the former Loring Air Force Base, working for Jim Buck Construction and Ward’s Construction, and also served as a grade foreman for the construction of the runways and later worked as foremen at Limestone Potato Growers for many years. An extremely civic minded man, Bud had been involved in several Limestone organizations, including Limestone Volunteer Fire Department for 29 years, serving as fire chief upon his retirement. Mr. Harvey was also a charter member of Limestone Lions Club for a number of years, where he served as president; and member of Order of the Eastern Star, Fort Fairfield Chapter, where he served as worthy patron for 14 years, and Knights of Pythias for several years. One of Bud’s greatest pleasures was attending Masonic functions, being a master Mason at Limestone Lodge No. 214 AF & AM since April 27, 1976, where he served in many positions including worshipful Master in 1981-82, secretary from 1985-2007, and served as assistant secretary from 2010 until the time of his death. Bud had been awarded the Limestone Lodge 25-year service pin and Simon Greenleaf Medal. Bud was also a dedicated member of Limestone United Methodist Church for more than 50 years.
In addition to his parents, Bud was predeceased by his wife of more than 60 years, Sarah, Aug. 1, 2006; one son, Stanley Harvey; one grandson, Matthew J. Harvey; five brothers, Wendell, Boardman Jr., Gordon, Richard and Leonard Harvey; and three sisters, Thelma Harvey, Greta Elizabeth Boynton and Joan Harvey. He is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Stanford "Buddy" and Pauline Harvey of Macclenny, Fla., Jeffrey and Carol Harvey of Cross Lake, Bruce and Jane Harvey of East Waterboro; two daughters and sons-in-law, Jackie and John Irovando, Joyce and James Rolph, all of Limestone; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Joyce Harvey, Wallace and Jeanette Harvey, Waldo and Janet Harvey, Keith and Ester Harvey, all of Patten; two sisters and brother-in-law, Alice Sanford of Harwich, Mass., and Pauline and Richard Manus of Patten; 13 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at Giberson-Dorsey Funeral Home, 144 Main St., Fort Fairfield, where a Masonic memorial service will be conducted 7:30 p.m. by the officers and members of Limestone Lodge No. 214 AF & AM. The funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, July 19, at Limestone United Methodist Church, Main Street, Limestone, with Pastor Ellen Cleaves officiating. A time of continued fellowship with refreshments will be held in the church fellowship area after the service. Bud will be laid to rest with his wife, Sarah at Advent Cemetery, Limestone, at a later date. Those who wish may contribute in memory of Mr. Harvey to Limestone United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 2 Burleigh St., Limestone, ME 04750. Envelopes will be available at both the funeral home and church.