LINCOLN – Harley Melvin Arthers, age 82, a lifelong resident of Lincoln passed on July 7th, 2014 at his home due to natural causes. Harley was born April 4, 1932 in Lincoln Maine. He spent his younger years in East Winn and later moved to Lincoln honing his skills in hunting and fishing. He was the son of Lucien and Pauline Arthers.
He was married to his loving and devoted wife, Barbara Whiting, in 1955. They were married for 35 years, until Barbara tragically passed away, unexpectedly, in 1991. He graduated from Mattanawcook Academy in 1952, a star athlete in football and track and field. After high school, Harley was drafted into the U.S. Army, during the Korean War. After finishing radio school at Fort Riley, Kansas, he was shipped to Germany, where he was stationed with the 382nd Military Police Battalion, in Mannheim. After a short time there, his commander took notice of his artistic ability and promoted him to Battalion Draftsman in Kafertal, Germany. This position allowed him ample leave time to enjoy traveling throughout Europe. After the Army, Harley returned home and was hired by Lincoln Pulp & Paper, where he worked for 38 years, 30 of those as a salaried foreman in the pulp mill. Self-taught in the art of taxidermy, he started a part-time wildlife taxidermy business In 1970. This he continued until his retirement from the mill in 1993. This career brought him great satisfaction and, during those years he met many fellow sportsmen and made many friends. He always believed that a mounted white-tailed buck was a way to pay homage to this magnificent creature, to be admired and remembered by the hunter for a lifetime. He was a member of the local post 0077 American Legion in Lincoln.
Harley was known for his incredible work ethic, but he always found time to do his favorite activities, hunting and fishing, all over the state of Maine. He also hunted caribou in Northern Canada, and fished the Miramachi. Harley bow hunted in Michigan, and fished on Lake Ontario. In 1990, he took the largest black bear that year, in Maine, with his bow and arrow. A full mount of Bondo, as he is affectionately nicknamed, still stands in his living room keeping watch over Harley’s recliner.
In 1991 he became reacquainted with a former classmate, Marion Morrison. She has been his loving companion and partner in life, for the last 23 years, enjoying their summers at their camp on Cold Stream Pond.
Harley is survived by 3 sons, 2 daughters 7 grandsons, 4 granddaughters and 4 great-grandchildren: Harris “Butch” Arthers and his wife, Angela, from Lee, Maine, and their sons, Tony and his wife, Darcy and sons, Landon and Maddox, Nick and his wife Courtney, and Jake; Melody Nute, of Lee, Maine, her children, Mandy Flowers and her husband, Bryan, and their son, Bryson Harley, and her son, Lance Whittier and his fiancée, Vicki and their daughter, Harleigh; Scott Arthers and his wife, Shelly, of Springfield, Maine, and his children, Rakel, Chris, Mike and Charlotte; Mark Arthers and his wife, Ginny and their children, Erin Arthers, and Stephen Arthers and his fiancée, Rhianna; and Velvet Hussey and fiancé, Reno Revana. He is also survived by his loving companion, Marion Morrison, and her 3 sons, one daughter, 4 grandsons, two granddaughters, and 10 great-grandchildren: Lewis Morrison and partner,
Helen , of Guilford, Maine and his children, Louie and his wife, Amy and their children, Camden and Elin, Laurie Morrison and her sons, Brayden and Mason; Richard Morrison of Guilford, Maine; James Morrison and partner, Kitten of Berwick, Maine, and his children, James Morrison and partner, Kara and his daughters, Jayden, Jessica Thurlow and husband, Mike and their children, Aydan, Ariana, and Arissa, and Morgan Morrison and Nina Morrison and partner, Zack of Deming, Washington, and her children, John Bjork and wife, Amanda and their children, Raegan and Carter, and George Thornton. He also leaves behind special friends, Lenny and Rossi of Lincoln, and special neighbor, Victoria Garnett. He is predeceased by his loving wife of 35 years, Barbara Whiting, his parents, and two brothers, Lucien Jr. and Randy. He is also predeceased by many good friends who were hunting and fishing companions and leaves behind many more.
This special poem written by Marion truly depicted Harley’s spirit and and love of the outdoors and the family wanted it shared:
He is a Hunter
The step is halting
The eye is dimmed
He can no longer
Hear the deer walking
How many seasons can he remember?
How many deer?
But, he is a hunter and
This is what he will do
As long as he is able
Then he will join his many friends
Who have gone on before
And he will sit on a stand
In a different place…
Per request of Harley there will be no public viewing or funeral. A Celebration of Life will be held 3 p.m. Friday, July 11, 2014, at 20 Morgan St., Lincoln, ME. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Hospice of Eastern Maine, c/o Community Health and Counseling Services, 313 Enfield Rd., Lincoln, ME 04457. Those who wish may sign an online register and leave written condolences at www.clayfuneralhome.com.