ORLAND – Eugene Linwood Churchill, 92, passed away July 10, 2014, at a Belfast Hospital. He was born September 19, 1921, in Orland, Maine to Captain Howard E. and Flora B. Churchill. Eugene is survived by his son Aaron N. Churchill and his wife Beth (Dawes), and three daughters, Eugenia Churchill, Lynette and her husband Harold Gaslin and Laurice and husband Robert Beckwith; two grandchildren, Kara and Jake Churchill; one niece, Tylaine Guarriello and grandniece Beth Hansen and a great-grand niece, Emily Hansen. Two nephews Richard Findlay and family and Jack Findlay and family.
Eugene was raised in Orland, graduated from Walter Gardner School, Bucksport, Maine, class of 1941. He was drafted in to the war effort in 1941, but because of a leg injury did not resume active duty until 1942, then discharged in 1945. Having met his future wife during this time, Eileen M. Naujoks, they returned and settled in Orland, Maine where they made a life for 67 years. He was a paper maker at St. Regis Paper Company for 42 years.
In 1970 after serving in local government positions as Deputy Town Clerk and Excise Tax Collector for ten years, School Board Committee for six years and Past President of S.A.D. #91 he was elected to the Maine State Legislature and served 10 years representing House District 41. In 1980 Eugene was appointed then elected as the Hancock County Commissioner an served fourteen years. He served on a variety of committees for the governor, legislature and county government. He was a life-long member of the Republican Party active for many years in the County Committee, served as Secretary and was the Town GOP Committee chairman and other offices. He was an active member of the Advisory Committee on Eastern Task Force on Aging. In 2002, at 81 years old, Eugene was elected again to the Maine State Legislature to represent House District 41 and was the senior representative at that time.
Eugene belonged to many Fraternal organizations and clubs and active for many years in the Orland United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Anah Temple, Order of the Mystic Shrine, Bangor; Past Commander of Blanquefort Commandery #13, Ellsworth; Hancock Chapter #19, Royal Arch Masons Bucksport; King Solomon’s Council #1, Belfast; Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Rockland and valley of Portland; 32 Degree Mason and Past Master of Rising Sun Masonic Lodge #71 and Past District Deputy Grand Master of the 4th Masonic District; Riverside Chapter #123 Order of the Eastern Star and Red Cross of Constantine, Tamerlane Conclave #4, Bangor. He was a life member of the Bucks Mills Rod and Gun Club, Bucksport Civic Club and the American Legion Post # 93. He was an active or affiliate member of the following Granges: Victory Grange #206, Hancock Pomona Grange #13, Castine Grange #250 and Verona Grange #206.
Along with his love of local politics and attending Grange functions Eugene enjoyed hunting, trapping, fishing, family camping trips, exploring any back road in Maine, working a room like a diplomat at any gathering, loved making bean-hole beans for family, friends and anyone he could; and enjoyed his camps on Toddy Pond.
Family and friends will gather for visitation from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home, 28 Elm St., Bucksport. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 13, 2014 at Orland United Methodist Church.