George Leslie Chatfield passed away Saturday, Jan. 31, 2014 in Luke Haven, Village on the Isle, Venice, Fla. He was 89. He was born to John and Alice on Aug. 20, 1924, the sixth of nine children. He was raised in the small town of his birth, McArthur, Ohio, but spent the Depression on a subsistence farm.
After high school graduation, he chose to serve his country in World War II and proudly entered the Army 69th Infantry, achieving the rank of tech sergeant in charge of supply. While stationed in Austria after Germany’s defeat, George met his first love, Hilde, who became his bride in 1947.
Back home in Ohio, George attended Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and welcomed a son, Peter. After graduation, his 35-year career with the U.S. Government began and a second son, Michael, was born.
Job assignments and promotions moved his family first to Burlington, Mass., and finally Battle Creek, Mich. Hilde passed away too soon in 1975. Then fun-loving Gail Thunder and her three daughters came into his life, and they spent many happy years together in their home on Fine Lake, Mich., and after retirement, in Venice, Fla. Gail too passed away, in 2001. George next met and married Nancy Reed Goodman, and she survives him in Venice, Fla.
George enjoyed playing basketball (he shot two-handed set shots) and football (with leather helmets) in his youth and enjoyed RV travel, golf, sailing and water skiing in retirement. He was a skilled handyman, but most of all he loved to garden and was intensely proud of his roses. He fed wild birds and loved several dogs during his life.
A longtime member of American Legion Post 159, he proudly flew Old Glory daily. He belonged to Grace United Methodist Church and Venice Presbyterian Church.
A gentleman, nurturer and good and cherished friend to many, he was blessed with many triumphs and joys in his life.
George was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Robert, Paul, Charles, Donald, James and Richard; and wives Hilde and Gail.
Besides his wife Nancy, he is survived by a brother, Gene (Nancy) Chatfield, of Eaton, Ohio; a sister, Helen (Jack) Stephens, of Penney Farms, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Barbara (John) Young of Naples, Fla.; sons Peter (Candy) Chatfield of Lansing, Mich., and Michael Chatfield of Carmel, Calif.; stepdaughters Debra (Chet) Cramer of Venice, Fla., Wendy Nevins of Hastings, Mich., and Dawn Pointer of Las Vegas, Nev.; granddaughters Christa (Daniel) Chatfield, Amy (Josh) Chatfield and Jacklyn Nevins; and numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
Services: A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Venice Presbyterian Church, 825 The Rialto, Venice FL 34285. To send condolences, visit: FarleyFuneralHome.com.
Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to Venice Presbyterian Church or Grace United Methodist Church, 400 Field Ave., Venice FL 34285.