Kerry E. Gleezen
1937 – 2010
AUBURN — Kerry E. Gleezen of Minot, died Saturday, March 13, at the Androscoggin Hospice House surrounded by family and friends after a battle with cancer.
He was born on April 16, 1937, the son of Ralph and Agnes Gleezen. He grew up in Lancaster, Mass., and attended Lancaster schools. In 1956, he graduated from Lancaster High School. He spent his youth, hunting and fishing and working on his small family farm.
He enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1959. He traveled all over the Atlantic Ocean, north to Newfoundland, south to Bermuda and Cuba and east to Ireland. He served aboard buoy tenders and the Coast Guard Cutter, the USS Duane. He received the Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal.
When his enlistment was over, he returned to Lancaster.
He worked in various construction jobs until he enrolled in the Colorado School of Trades to work on his passion, becoming a gunsmith. He completed his training in 1971, and returned back to Lancaster, where he opened up shop in the back of his family home. He sought out for his knowledge and skill as a gunsmith from people far and wide. Several years after returning, he was introduced to the woman who would later become his wife, MaryAnn Habershaw. They married in 1974. They continued to live in Lancaster and welcomed three children into their lives.
He and family moved north to Maine in 2002, a dream of his since his youth. After moving to Minot, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, but with the help of great doctors, he was in complete remission from the cancer.
He enjoyed working out in the woods. He spent much of his free time cutting up firewood. He enjoyed walking through the woods with a disposable camera in his hands and his faithful companion, Monty at his side and listening to the sounds of nature.
His business will remain open. Ian, his oldest followed in his footsteps and also attended the Colorado School of Trades.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, MaryAnn; his oldest son, Ian; his twins, daughter Meghan and son Owen; his brother; Kent of Lancaster, Mass.; his sister, Kathy of Wellfleet, Mass.; and his nieces and nephews.