Robert D. GEORGEN(04/15/1925 - 05/24/2014)

GEORGEN, Robert D. (Age 89) Robert died of respiratory failure with his wife, Mara Georgen, at his side at the Rockwood Health Center on May 24, 2014. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Stephen and Bruce, as well as his daughter, Denise. Also, there are five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was born in Bronx, New York, but spent his youth living in Glen Rock, New Jersey. He graduated from Ridgewood High School in New Jersey. Later he attended the Stevens Institute of Technology on a scholarship for two years. But, because of World War II, he dropped out to enlist in the United States Army to support his country during the embattled times of World War II. After the end of the war, he completed his college education at Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, graduating with a degree as an Electronic Engineer. Robert wrote a book regarding his war experiences as a soldier during World War II, entitled "The Fortunes of War." It was written some 40 years after the war in which he elaborated on all the trials and tribulations soldiers had to endure during their war experiences. He described how he survived frontline combat. He was one of many soldiers engaged in battles in the "Hurtgen Forest" and the "Battle of the Bulge", two well-known battle zones in Germany during the war. He was awarded a "Bronze Star" and "Combat Infantry Badge" for his valor and endurances. One of his favorite pastimes during his marriage was to use his vacation time each year with his family to travel all across the United States visiting and exploring its State Parks as well as historical and geographic sites, which we all enjoyed tremendously. A Memorial Service was held for him at the Lake Spokane Community Church in Nine Mile Falls, WA on June 6, 2014.

Published in Spokesman-Review on June 15, 2014