Burlington - Robert Theodore Statchen, 77, attorney and life-long Connecticut resident, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, in New London, surrounded by his loving family.
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A U.S. Army veteran and retired Connecticut Assistant Attorney General, he was raised in New Britain, the son of John and Catherine Statchen, both immigrants from Eastern Europe. He graduated from New Britain High School and then attended Central Connecticut State University, receiving a football scholarship and playing on the team for all four years. He received his MBA from the University of Hartford Graduate School of Business, and his law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Attorney Statchen retired in 1997 from the Connecticut Attorney General's office after 25 years of service. Before that, he was in private practice in Plainville. He was very active in the Federal Bar Association, serving on the National Council as circuit officer and chairperson for both the Public Legal Education Standing Committee and the State and Local Government Relations Section. Prior to getting his law degree, he worked as a claims adjuster at the Travelers and Pheonix Insurance companies.
He enjoyed traveling to his land in Readsboro, Vt. and his condo in Cocoa Beach, Fla. In his later years, he was an avid reader, particularly interested in history. He also enjoyed watching any sporting event, but was always ready for any football game he could find. Most important, he enjoyed attending music, sporting, school and any other events in which his grandchildren participated.
He raised his family in Burlington and greatly enjoyed the many summers he spent with them on Lord's Point in Stonington.
He leaves his wife of 52 years, Jane (Rogers) Statchen; and his children, Lee Louise Gluck (Daniel Gluck), Martha Jane Slater (Alexander Slater), and son, Robert Rogers Statchen (Harriet Jones); his most beloved grandchildren, Sammy, Rosie, Danny, Chloe, Hannah, Tommy, Janey and Cate; and dear friend, Hoover James. As the youngest of four brothers and five sisters, he also leaves many nieces, nephews, and cousins; as well as his brother, Richard Statchen of Berlin; and his sister, Florence Dorsey of Westford, Mass.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at Bailey Funeral Home, 48 Broad St., Plainville. Funeral services with Military Honors will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at the United Methodist Church, 56 Red Stone Hill, Plainville.
In honor of his wife and in lieu of flowers, he asked that donations be made to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., 2600 Network Blvd., Suite 300, Frisco, TX 75034 (www.nationalbreastcancer.org).
For online expressions of sympathy, please visit www.Bailey-FuneralHome.com
Bailey Funeral Home, Inc.
48 Broad Street Plainville, CT 06062
Published in The Day on Feb. 23, 2013