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Millard D. "Bill" Jewell Jr.


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Millard D. "Bill" Jewell Jr. Obituary
Millard D. "Bill" Jewell Jr., age 87, died Sunday afternoon, April 20, 2014 at Winter Haven Hospital, Winter Haven, Fla.
Born Oct. 15, 1926, in Clarksburg, W.Va., he was the son of Millard D. Jewell Sr. and Bessie U. (Ashburn) Jewell.
He was predeceased by his two older sisters, Catherine (Jewell) Congi and Ruth (Jewell) Swinson.
He married Thelma Irene Perry Dec. 20, 1945, in Ballston Spa, N.Y. Mrs. Jewell died Dec. 4, 1998, following 53 years of marriage.
Bill served in the United States Navy during World War II and was the last surviving member of USS Lea DD-118. When recounting his experiences on the Lea, he said the indoctrination for new crew members began with, "Gentleman, this vessel is a destroyer, we protect the carriers. When we see a torpedo, we steer toward it."
Bill had a very interesting career as an electrical engineer for the international Bechtel Corporation, and helped build the original Nike Missile sites in the Northeast. In later years he was employed as the building and grounds supervisor at Saratoga Warren County BOCES, Saratoga Springs, and was the caretaker for the Wilton Rod and Gun Club.
He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, boating, and owned a boat with matching equipment for any type of water. His North Country residence was fondly known as "Jewell's Inland Marina."
He was a member of the Wilton Rod and Gun Club, the North Creek American Legion Post 629.
Survivors include one daughter, Penelope Susan Jewell of Bolton Landing; four grandchildren, Robert Anthony Borchers, Michael Millard Borchers, Christopher Timothy Borchers and Millard D Jewell Hofmann; seven great-grandchildren, William Borchers, Grace Borchers, Max Borchers, Eric Borchers, Carly Borchers, Henry Hofmann and Peter Hofmann; and several nieces and nephews.
In accordance with Bill's wishes, there are no calling hours scheduled.
Private burial will be in Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brewer Funeral Home Inc., 24 Church St., Lake Luzerne.
To express online condolences, please visit www.brewermillerfuneralhomes.com.
Published in The Saratogian on May 4, 2014
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