Luman N. Nevels, Jr.

Posted On June 8th, 2012 -

LUMAN N. NEVELS, JR.
Aged 88, he died at his beloved home in Hawaii Kai on April 18 surrounded by his family. He was born March 23, 1924 in Portland Maine.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann, daughters, Lali DeWolfe and Ranee Lehua Nevels and son Joel Putnam Nevels, deceased. He had 4 grandsons, 2 granddaughters, 3 great grandsons and 1 hanai great granddaughter.
He was a graduate of Bowdoin college and Harvard Law School, a former Judge of the Third Circuit Court and Wake Island. A longtime attorney, he was also a private pilot, an international businessman, writer, land developer, sailing enthusiast and world traveler. He was a former President of the Hilo Rotary Club and the Wahiawa J.C.’s. He founded the Citizenship Training Group and was featured in an article by Bill Lederer, author of The Ugly American. the article was later reprinted by Reader’s Digest. He was often in demand as a public speaker.
He was very proud of his Iroquois Indian blood and with a twinkle in his eye loved to tell people that his Indian ancestors met theirs at the boat not bothering to mention that one of his ancestors arrived on that boat.
He was a veteran of both World II and the Korean War. He was among the youngest Naval Reserve officers commissioned and went on to become one of the youngest Circuit Court Judges in Hawaii. Always colorful, he was known as The Flying Judge as he flew his small plane to hold court around the Island of Hawaii.
Memorial Services June 18, 2:00 p.m. Punchbowl Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.


- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran