George Allen Watrous Uncasville Obituary

George Allen Watrous

<p>Ledyard — George Allen Watrous, 94, of Center Groton Road, Ledyard, entered into the Kingdom of Heaven to be with his lord and savior, Jesus Christ, Feb. 5, 2024, at Backus Hospital with his wife of 72 years at his side. The son of George H. and Jane (Whipple) Watrous he was born in Stonington, June 20, 1929.</p><p>George grew up helping his parents run Watrous Dairy and attended classes at the Lambtown, one-room schoolhouse. He enlisted in the Connecticut National Guard and was assigned to the current home of the AVCRAD Helicopter Maintenance and Repair Facility located at the Groton-New London Airport in Groton. He entered into active duty during the Korean War and Sgt. Watrous was sent to Korea, where he was seriously wounded and a recipient of a Purple Heart medal. Sgt. Watrous was also a recipient of the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Korean Service Medal with Bronze Campaign Star in 1951. Upon returning stateside, he was stationed at Ft. Campbell, Ky., when he met, fell in love with and married the love of his life Ann E. (Patterson) Watrous of Nashville, Tenn., March 8, 1952. The final duty assignment for George prior to his honorable discharge separation from the Army was with the Third Armored Division at Fort Knox, Ky.</p><p>George was a jack-of-all-trades and after being honorably discharged from the Army, he found himself employed in the maintenance department at Sir-Tex which was located in the current home of the Old Mystic Mill in Old Mystic. He changed his career path and was employed at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, as a shipfitter. He worked on several of the classes of submarines and a highlight of his career was working on the construction of the NR1. He recalled memories of working on the sail for the sub. George retired in 1995, after 35 years with the company.</p><p>George was very mechanically inclined and throughout the years, he enjoyed working on his muscle cars, motorcycles, lawn tractors and equipment or anything else with a motor. He also loved to tinker and could often be found building something to maintain the house or coming up with ways to “make the job easier,” including fabricating specialty tools. He took great pride in all he did, and he was a man of his word. George had a love for trail riding and spent many weekends in the woods on one of his many brands of off-road/trail bikes that spanned over several decades. He especially enjoyed those times when he was accompanied by his daughter Nancy. George also took to two wheels on the road and spent time with his wife on their Honda Goldwing or Harley Davidson Classic. One summer after retiring, he secured a camper into the bed of his pick-up truck; then he and his bride took a cross country trip, which was one of the many highlights of their lives. George would also take his wife, and eventually their children, on a road trip “back home” to see her family every year.</p><p>George was a loving husband, father and grandfather; and left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife, Ann; his daughters, Peggy (Larry) Loomis, Nancy (Ken) Burrows and Doris Oudkerk; his grandchildren, Jennifer, Matthew and Cynthia and his great-grandchildren, Willa, Grayson and Layla.</p><p>Woyasz and Son Funeral Services of 11 Jerome Road, Montville, is assisting with the arrangements. A funeral service for George will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at the Ledyard Congregational Church, 722 Colonel Ledyard Highway, Ledyard. Interment will follow immediately after with full military honors, at the Lambtown Cemetery on Lambtown Road in Ledyard. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to a charity of your choice in George’s name.</p>
June 20, 1929 - February 5, 202406/20/192902/05/2024
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