George B. Eastman (1927 - 2013)

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Eastman, George B.

George B. Eastman, 85, of 77 Bird Cemetery Road, Groton, died Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at the Cortland Regional Medical Center. Born December 4, 1927 in Moravia, NY, he was one of thirteen children of John S. and Beatrice Munn Eastman. A lifelong resident of the area, George served with the U.S. Army in World War II and the Korean War, being awarded the WW II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal. He worked for Smith Corona in Groton and Cortland as a final line repair worker for many years until his retirement in 1990. George married Geraldine Besaw on August 10, 1950 and together they raised their family until her death on October 9, 1984. He was a member of the Carrington-Fuller Post 800 American Legion in Groton, Clifford E. Galbraith V.F.W. Post 7127 in Moravia and the Groton Corona Club Thursday Night Legion Bowling League where he always enjoyed his weekly hot dog. He is survived by his children, Laurie (Robert) McCarney of Newfield, Lesa (Albert) Townsend of Locke, Wayne (Katherine) Eastman of Virgil and Bryan (Sonya) Eastman of Lansing; his grandchildren, Joshua, Jesse, Cathleen, Robin, Casie, Luke, Jonathan; his step-grandchildren, Albert Jr., Jeffrey, Heather and Jacob; his siblings, Ronald, Melvin and Marvin Eastman, all of Lansing, William Eastman of New Jersey and Dorothea Watts of Nevada. He also is survived by eleven great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a granddaughter, Lindsay McCarney and siblings, John, Bruce, Lynn and Charles Eastman, Delores Prest, Sandra and Sharon Eastman. Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, January 27, 2013, 4:00 p.m. at the V.F.W. Post 7127, Grove St., Moravia with Reverend Christopher Xenakis officiating. Spring interment will be in Bird Cemetery, Locke. Friends may call on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the V.F.W. Post. Memorial gifts may be made to "The Wounded Warriors Project", 370 7th Avenue, Suite 1802, New York, New York 10001. Online condolence may be left at www.zirbelfuneralhome.com

Published in Ithaca Journal on Jan. 26, 2013
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