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John Watson, 94, formerly of Evansville, passed away on Thursday, November 8, 2012, in Tacoma, Washington.
He was born on March 29, 1918, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to John and Mary (McClinton) Watson. After service in Europe in World War II, in which he was awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Star, he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. In 1950 he moved to the Midwest and married Kathryn Branson in Centralia, Illinois, on October 18, 1952. In 1970 he moved to Evansville as president of Imperial Plastics (now Berry Plastics), retiring in 1983. He was a member of Trinity Methodist Church in Evansville. In 1999 he moved back to Centralia, and in 2004 to Fox Island, Washington, where he lived next to his son.
He was predeceased by his wife Kathryn, who passed away in 1989. He is survived by two sons, Mark Watson of Carbondale, Illinois, and Robert Watson of Fox Island, Washington. There are four grandchildren: Chris Watson of West Seattle, Washington; Dan Watson of Fox Island; Hannah Goode (John) of Carbondale, Illinois; and Kathryn Watson of Carbondale, in addition to daughters-in-law Donna Watson (Robert) and Cherie Watson (Mark), and numerous nieces and nephews.
By his wishes, he was cremated, and he will be buried next to his wife in Centralia in a private ceremony at a later date.
Published in Courier Press on Nov. 22, 2012