Gorham, ME – Aubrey Earl Knowlen, 83, of Gorham died on Sunday April 24, 2016 at the Maine Veterans’ Home in Scarborough. He was the husband of Elizabeth “Betty” (Bloomer) Knowlen for 56 years.
He was born on September 2, 1932 in Bangor, ME along with his twin sister Audrey to the late Ervin and Helen (Rowe) Knowlen of East Holden. Aubrey graduated from Brewer High School in 1950. After high school, in 1951, he joined the US Navy; and upon discharge attended college graduating from Gorham State Teacher’s College.
While attending Gorham State Teachers College, he met Elizabeth Bloomer on an Adventure Club outing while climbing a mountain. They were married on June 7, 1959 and had two sons Scott and Brett.
He taught Industrial Technology for 34 years; first at Bristol High School, then Boothbay Regional High School and finishing his career with 27 years at Mahoney Junior High School in South Portland, ME.
Aubrey was highly active in scouting first as a scout himself and then later as an adult totaling more than 60 years. He loved working with the kids and attended several National Jamborees over the years. He also earned two beads in the Wood Badge Course which is the highest level of scout leader training.
He was also active in the Gorham Lion’s Club for more than 45 years holding all club offices at one time or another. He was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award in 2011 which recognizes the exemplary service and humanitarian ideas of Lion’s Club members consistent with the purpose of the Lions.
He loved to hunt and fish and spend time outdoors. He took his two sons on a fishing trip every summer in Washington County. Every year until he was physically unable, he looked forward to hunting deer with his son Brett. He also enjoyed camping and traveling. He and his wife Betty drove across country in 2004 in order to attend a reunion in San Diego of his ship the USS Oglethorpe. He was also a lifelong Red Sox fan and was lucky enough to finally see three World Series Championships that he thought were never going to come.
Besides his wife Betty he is survived by his son Scott Knowlen and his wife Elaine of Winslow and his granddaughter Katie. He also leaves his brother Lt. Colonel Ret. Charles Knowlen and his wife Beverly of Eddington, ME and their daughters Wendy and Tonya as well as nephews Greg and Jeff, sons of his twin sister Audrey and her husband Derwood. His sister Audrey Bemis and her husband and his son Brett Knowlen pre-deceased Aubrey.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at Pride’s Corner Congregational Church, 235 Pride St, Westbrook, ME on Saturday April 30, 2016 at 1:30 pm followed by food and refreshments downstairs at the same location.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Pride’s Corner Congregational Church or to the Boy Scouts of America.