Melvin E. Everly

MOUNT DESERT — Melvin “Mel” E. Everly, 83, passed on peacefully Feb. 15, 2012, from the loving arms of his wife Margaret and into the hands of his Lord, at his residence in Orono.

A former resident of Somesville, Mel had a passion for nature and a love for national parks. He worked as a park naturalist for Acadia National Park for nine years.

He and Margaret made Somesville their permanent residence when he retired from teaching in 1985, and Mel could be found aboard The Sea Princess out of Northeast Harbor as a narrator and naturalist specializing in the history and wildlife of Mount Desert for 29 yrs.

He substitute taught at Mount Desert Island and Ellsworth High Schools. He was a Board member for Island Connections, and was a longtime member of the Footloose Friends hiking club on MDI.

Mel was born Sept. 17, 1928, in Elkhart, Ind., to Robert E. and Clara P. (Kunkel) Everly, Sr. He grew up in La Porte, Ind., where he attended St. John’s Lutheran Church and School and La Porte High School.

He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps and U.S. Air Force from 1946 to 1949.

In 1948 he married his high school sweetheart, Margaret H. Galloway. He received his Bachelor of Arts in 1957, and his Master of Arts in 1964, both from Valparaiso University in Indiana.

From 1954 to 1965 he taught at Luther High School North in Chicago. In the late 1950s, he ran a summer camp for boys in Winnetka, Ill. From 1965 to 1985 Mel taught at New Trier East High School in Winnetka as a biology and human ecology teacher; he later became chairman of the science department there.

He was instrumental in the development of one of the first recycling programs in the northern Chicago suburbs.

Mel was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Glenview, Ill. For many years, a charter member of St. Andrew Lutheran in Ellsworth and, most recently, a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bangor.

In April of 2010, Mel and Margaret moved to their home in Dirigo Pines in Orono. He was a model train enthusiast and enjoyed many hours building models and running them for his great grandchildren.

Mel is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 63 years, Margaret H. Everly; beloved children James R. Everly of Trenton and daughter Linda M. (Warren) Green, of Beach Park, Ill.; adoring grandchildren Jessica (Dan) Creel of Northbrook, Ill., Jeremy Everly of Sorrento, Nicole Everly of Dedham, Samuel and Nicholas Bova of Glenview, Ill.; his cherished great-grandchildren, Vance, Kayla, Aiden, and Savannah; brother Robert E. (Bea) Everly, Jr. of Elkhart, Ind.; sister Dorothy E. Levandoski of La Porte, Ind.; and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Mel’s life is set for this Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 beginning at 1 p.m., at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Ellsworth.

Donations can be made in Mel’s honor to: Island Connections, 15 Eagle Lake Rd., Bar Harbor ME 04609.

Arrangements are by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert. Condolences may be expressed at

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