AUGUSTA – On Dec. 27, 2013, Donald Albion Nasberg departed this life for the green meadows of Heaven after a long heart and respiratory illness.
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Don was born to Albion Nasberg and (Margaret) Ruth Stack Nasberg in Bangor on March 11, 1930.
Don graduated from Monson Academy in 1949 and was working in a logging camp when he received a letter from Uncle Sam informing him that he was being drafted to serve in Korea.
There Don served with distinction – achieving the rank of sergeant and receiving two bronze service stars, but he also captured life at Sandbag Castle in an impressive collection of photos
After serving his country, Don returned to Maine where he moved to Augusta and there met the love of his life, Helen Witham, whose Swedish grandmother was thrilled Helen was marrying a young man of Swedish descent.
Don got a job at Togus Veterans Hospital, where he served as a psychiatric aide for nearly 30 years - receiving awards for his kind, compassionate treatment of the patients.
An avid outdoorsman, Don introduced Helen and their two daughters to ice fishing, and he provided the family with deer, partridge, pheasant and even a bear.
In middle age, Don learned to play golf and he enjoyed being on a bowling team. Crossword puzzles and cribbage kept his mind agile up until he died.
Don led a simple life, but he also traveled. His fascination with history took him to far northern Sweden with his grandson, Wes, to meet cousins they had never seen.
This trek was captured in a documentary "Homecoming" made by Don's daughter, Brenda, for MPBN.
He visited Crete with Helen, and Don had the chance to explore his Irish ancestry on a visit to Ireland with his brother-in-law, Donald Witham. They also toured England and Wales.
Don's most treasured trip was to Washington D.C. with his brother, Artie, who also served in Korea. The two visited the Korean War Memorial – an experience Don never forgot.
During his senior years, Don renewed his interest in nature photography. He also developed a passion for making wildlife films including "Summer Of The Geese."
Don was very devoted to his family. Duty was the hallmark of his life. Even one week before he died on the hospice ward in Togus, he got up at 5:30 a.m. on the day he was admitted, to start the wood stove one last time for his wife of 58 years.
Duty to country, to fellow veterans and to his family is how Don will be remembered.
Don was predeceased by his mother and father; half-brother David Stack; and grandson Erik Jepson.
He is survived by his wife, Helen; daughter Brenda Nasberg Jepson and her husband Alan Jepson of Madawaska Lake; daughter Beth Nasberg and her partner, Eric Olsen of Manchester; brother Arthur Nasberg of Bangor, and grandson, Charles Wesley Rucker and his wife, Kathleen, of Lafayette, Indiana, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Don's family was privileged to have Maine General Hospice providing care for Don over many weeks, as well as the hospice staff at Togus Springs.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to MaineGeneral Hospice, P.O. Box 828, Waterville, ME 04903.
At Don's request, there will be no visiting hours. A service in his honor will be held on Jan. 7 in the chapel of the new Maine Veterans Cemetery at noon with refreshments to follow at the First Church of The Nazarene in Augusta at 1 p.m.
We are comforted that Don is at peace in the green meadows of Heaven – a vision described to him by fishing buddy, Francis Baker, who has no doubt joined Don for a trout-fishing trip in their heavenly home.
Published in Central Maine on Jan. 2, 2014