Vernon Bradeen Jr., 51, died unexpectedly, surrounded by his loving family, early Friday, Jan. 12, 2018.

Born in Bangor Dec. 19, 1966, he was the only boy out of six children born to Vernon Sr. and Eloise Covey Bradeen. Educated locally, he was a graduate of Hampden Academy.

Leaving high school, Vern enlisted in the Army, where he was proud to have completed his infantry training. For four years he was stationed at Ft. Benning, Ga., before being honorably discharged.

Returning to the Midcoast, Vernon held several different jobs before beginning employment at Johnson’s Sporting Goods. While working there he met Dawn Pease. Dawn and Vernon were married Sept. 5, 1998. Together they raised two children, Brian and Abigail.

For more than 13 years, Vernon was employed with Shepard Automotive in the service department. He also put his mechanic skills to good use working at V.I.P. in Rockland. For a brief time he worked with Richard Warner at Boulder Hill Woodworking, and most recently for Les Murray Builders.

Throughout his life, Vernon was extremely active in the Boy Scouts of America. Working his way through the program, he became a scoutmaster for Troop 254 in Warren. Over the years, he mentored countless boys, leading 13 of them to become Eagle Scouts, including his own son. His children said the scouts were his second family. Outdoor activities were some of his favorite pastimes. Going hunting, fishing and camping with his family were always high on his list. He enjoyed racing his race car at Wiscasset Speedway, as well as boxing in an amateur league, even winning a Golden Glove Championship. His wife said he was a man of many traits.

Most important to Vernon was his family. He loved nothing more than spending time with them and having them by his side. He will be sadly missed by all who loved him.

Predeceased by his parents and two sisters, Rose Harriman, Verna Bradeen, Vernon is survived by his wife, Dawn Bradeen, of Warren; his children, Brandon Bradeen of Prospect, Brian Bradeen, Abigail Bradeen, both of Warren; his parents-in-law, Willard "Skip" and Sherry Pease, of Spruce Head; his sisters, Wanda Huntley of Hampden, Del Peters of Milo, Florence Lyford of Frankfort; and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to visit from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19,  at the Second Congregational Church of Warren, 220 Main St., Warren. Interment will be held in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Boy Scouts of America, Troop 254, c/o Damariscotta Bank and Trust, 289 Camden Road, Warren, ME 04864.

To share a memory or condolence with the Bradeen Family, visit their Book of Memories at bchfh.com.