BAR HARBOR – Michael James Arey “Pappa Mike,” 61, went home to be with the Lord unexpectedly May 25, 2006, at Mount Desert Island Hospital. He was born Oct. 20, 1944, in Bucksport, the son of the late Allen Kenneth Arey and Beryl (Stevens) Arey. Mike did a tour of duty in the Vietnam War. While serving in the U.S. Army, 17 years of his life were given to serve his country as a member of the Army National Guard and the U.S. Air Force. Mike loved hunting, fishing, travel, watching his grandchildren play sports, stock car races, and he loved to pull the slots handle. He was a member of the Corea Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Betty Lou (Garnett) Arey; and their children, Linda Dunbar and her husband, Raymond, Lester Vandegrift and his wife, Cindy, William Vandegrift and his wife, Kathy, Sidney Vandegrift and his wife, Marie; grandchildren, Lisa, Katie, Justin, Kristen, Joshua, Brittany, Eva, Nathan, Seth, and Sydney. He is also survived by his children, Lance, Marie, Bobbie, Christy, and Jamie; and grandchildren, Ricky, Colon, Dakota, Orenda, Mikaila, and Katlan; two brothers, Allen Arey and Stephen Arey; three sisters, Lorraine McAllian, Deborah Brown and Ethel Jellison. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Jean Gray; and brother, Gary Arey. He will be sadly missed by his best friends, Beryl Cummings of Southwest Harbor, Tom and Loretta Harris of Florida, Professor Edmund Battersby of Indiana, John Hopkins of Bangor, Guy and Lois of Bangor and Kevin and Vicky Lunt of Ellsworth, Ann Landers of Florida; also by all of the guys he worked with at Cadillac Builders; and will also be sadly missed by his Vietnam buddy, Brewster; and his cockatiel bird, Tazz. A special thanks to Joshua Vandegrift, Katie Gerrish, Gordan Keen of Penobscot, for all the efforts to revive Pappa Mike, and a very special thanks to the special people at Mount Desert Island Hospital. Services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, May 28, at the Corea First Baptist Church, Corea. Pastor John MacNeill will officiate. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited and may call 1 p.m. until the hour of the service at the church. Burial will follow in the Pinkham Garnett Family Cemetery, Steuben. Arrangements are by the Bragdon-Kelley-Campbell Funeral Home, Milbridge. For more information, please our web site at