NEWPORT — A Celebration of Donn Fendler is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at Nokomis Regional High School, Williams Road.

The Nokomis Army JROTC Color Guard and Scout Troop 63 will march in to commence the event. Other Scouts attending that day are encouraged to wear their uniforms. The Center Drive Middle School band and chorus members from Orrington, under the direction of music teacher Pauline Miller, will perform military music in addition to several of Fendler’s favorite songs.

Speakers, including Fendler’s son, Dennis, and twin brother Ryan, will share favorite memories of Fendler. A special remembrance video produceed by Ryan Cook and Derek Desmond, will be shown, the duo are working on the forthcoming movie “Lost on a Mountain in Maine.”

Fendler passed away in Maine on Oct. 10, 2016, at the age of 90. He was best known for his 1939 legendary survival experience of being lost as a 12-year-old boy for nine days on Mount Katahdin and the wilderness around Maine’s tallest peak. His story, told in the classic book “Lost on a Mountain in Maine” and the graphic novel “Lost Trail” has been read by thousands of Maine school children.

Fendler went on to a career in the military including two years in the Navy and 28 years in the Army, serving as a Green Beret and retiring at the rank of lieutenant colonel. He then split his time between his winter home in Clarksville, Tennessee and his summer home in Newport. Up until his death, Fendler was still sharing his story at many Maine schools, nursing homes and public events.

For more information, contact Nancy Fendler at 671-9071, or visit

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