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George Mitchell Geer

George Mitchell Geer January 24, 1932 - June 9, 2013 Bozrah - George Mitchell Geer, age 81, of Bozrah, passed away on June 9, 2013 after a long battle with congestive heart failure. He was born on January 24, 1932 in Walpole, NH, the son of the late Charles Wesson Geer and Agnes Anna Wright Geer. He attended the Nathan Hale Ray High School in East Haddam and graduated in the top twenty five percent of his class in 1950. In 1949, while a student there, he attended the American Legion Boys State as well as the All State Chorus at Bushnell Hall in Hartford. He graduated from University of Connecticut in 1954 with a bachelor's degree in Industrial Management. He married Shirley Elizabeth Evans of Willimantic on June 5, 1954 and entered the United States Air Force on December 13, 1954. He served in the United States, England, Vietnam and Germany. He was awarded the Air Force Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Service, the Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Ribbon with "V" Device for his service in Vietnam. He was also awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for his service in Germany. While serving in Germany, he obtained a Master of Science degree in secondary education from the University of Southern California and a Master of Science degree in counseling from Ball State University in Indiana. He retired from the Air Force with the rank of Captain on July 31, 1975; after serving the Air Force for twenty one years in ground safety, munitions and training specialties. He taught history and social studies at Norwich Free Academy in Norwich for twenty years, retiring in July 1996. During his retirement, he volunteered with Literacy Volunteers of America, Cragin Memorial Library, Salem Free Public Library and Mystic Seaport. He was a dedicated member of the Norwich Alliance Church and served as deacon and elder, and in the Chinese/English Literacy Program. He also served on the board of the Wildwood Christian School and taught several adult Sunday school classes. He was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Agnes Geer; his brother, Charles William Geer; his son Scott Andrew Geer, at age 25, as the result of a car accident and his twin premature infant sons, John Charles Geer and Mark Allen Geer. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Shirley Geer; his sisters, Shirley Gilbert of Taftville and Dorothy Larsek of Hartsville, SC; his daughter, Susan Nye and her husband, William, of Lisbon; his son George Mitchell Geer, Jr. and his wife Sharon, of East Haddam, CT. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 2 P.M. at the Norwich Alliance Church, 35 Wawecus Hill Road, Norwich, CT. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Wildwood Christian School, Dwight Anderson Scholarship Fund, 35 Wawecus Hill Road, Norwich, CT 06360. To leave an online condolence please visit www.churchandallen.com

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Published in Norwich Bulletin on July 21, 2013
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