Montville - Vernon D. Vesey, 87, of Rainbow Drive, Uncasville, passed away Thursday, June 28, 2012, at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London.
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He was born on June 17, 1925, in Hartford, Kan., the son of Gilbert I. and Bernice L. (Slead) Vesey.
Mr. Vesey was married to the former Filomena Vargas on Nov. 3, 1945, in New London.
He left his hometown at the age of 17 and joined the U.S. Navy where he served in the Submarine Service during World War II. Following the war, he worked for five years as a mechanic for the Connecticut Bus Co. At this point in his career, he decided to re-enlist in the Navy and served through the Korean War and part of the Vietnam War, retiring in 1969. Following his military retirement, he then worked for a short period of time in quality control at the Faria Corp., in Montville, and then at the former Underwater Sound Lab in New London as an electronic technician, where he finished his working career.
He was a member of the SubVets of World War II, the Holland Club, Fleet Reserve, and the V.F.W.
Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Vernon D. Vesey II of Salem; his daughter, Lisa Vesey of Ottawa, Kan.; three grandchildren, Claudia Vesey, Vernon D. Vesey III, Rebecca Huebner; five great-grandchildren, Morgana, Courtney, Kyle, Asher, and Rainer.
He was predeceased by a sister, Jeannie Smith.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 5, at St. John's Church, Maple Ave., Uncasville. There are no visiting hours. His burial will follow in the Connecticut State Veteran's Cemetery, Bow Lane, Middletown.
Byles Memorial Home, 99 Huntington St., New London, is assisting his family with the services.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be directed to the Visiting Nurse Assoc. of Southeastern Connecticut, 403 N. Frontage Road, Waterford, CT 06385.
Please visit www.byles.com for his family's online registry.
Published in The Day on July 2, 2012