PORTLAND – Eben G. Emerson Jr., 80, passed away Aug. 29, 2012, at Springbrook Center, after a hard fought battle with multiple myeloma and kidney failure. He was born Jan. 12, 1932, a son of the late Eben G. Emerson Sr. and Florence (Haines) Emerson.
Eben married Janice Davis, Oct. 12, 1956, in Las Vegas. He always liked to tell the story that they were married after three dates. They lived in Southern California for 15 years where their children, Jeffrey Alan and Debra Anne were born. Eben graduated from Deering High School in 1950, and joined the U.S. Navy after graduation. He proudly served from 1950 to 1954. Eben was a tin can sailor, serving on two different destroyers; USS Robert A. Owens DD827 and USS Owen DD536. He often tells the story of being transferred from Robert A. Owens to Owen at sea via basket chair because the Owen needed a radarman. He was proud to be a radarman whether directing planes back to their ships or in support of cruisers off the coast of North Korea, and also proud of the fact that he had actually sailed around the world. In 1955, he ventured to California where he worked for McDonald Douglas – now Boeing, in the missiles and space engineering department. He was always proud that the had been a part of the space program in its early days having worked on the Manned Orbiting Workshop, all three phases of the Thor Missile, and the Nike, Honest John and Ding Dong missiles. He completed his working days at Bath Iron Works in the engineering department working in the DDG program. He started out in Destroyers in 1950 and finished with Destroyers with his retirement in 1993. Eben was a member of Saco Masonic Lodge No. 9, Saco. He was raised to the degree of a master Mason, June 30, 1966, in Belmont Shore Masonic Lodge, Long Beach, Calif., where he served as Tyler in 1967. He became member of Kora Shrine in 1983 and was also an active member of Kora Shrine Klowns. Eben, an only child, married Jan and became part of a very large extended family. There was a new set of parents, four sisters and two brothers, which grew as his new siblings married. There were also nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins as the whole Davis clan grew. There have been times to share laughs, shed tears and always times for those precious hugs. Eben had many titles, he was “Dad,” “Grampy,” “PopPop,” “Uncle EM,” “Em,” “EBBA” the clown, and high school classmates knew him as “Grant.”
He is survived by wife, Janice; son, Jeffrey and wife, Carol Em-erson; daughter, Debra and husband, Carl Marsano; grandchildren, Nicholas and Alden Davis Emerson, Adam and Elizabeth Marsano, Robert and Daniel Jackson; great-grandchildren, Aila and Isabella Emerson, and their mom, Fatameh Aadelvand. Special thanks to everyone who has helped us through this long journey. The family is most grateful for everything that you’ve done.
Family and friends are invited for a time visitation 4-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at A.T. Hutchins, LLC, 471 Deering Ave., Portland, where a Masonic service will be begin 7 p.m. with Saco Masonic Lodge No. 9, presiding. Family and friends are invited to gather 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at the funeral home to form a procession to a graveside service 11 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery, Portland. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Jordan Joseph Fitzpatrick, care of Tanya Fitzpatrick, Katahdin Trust Co., 65 North St., Houlton, ME 04730, which will provide funds for necessary audiology equipment for Eben’s five year old great-nephew who suffers from irreversible hearing loss; or Shrine Hospital, care Kora Shrine, 11 Sabattus St., Lewiston, ME 04240. To sign a guest book and share memories, go to the obituary page at www.ahutchins.com.