Lt. Col. George Townsend Singley Jr., devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, died on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2012, following a long illness.
He was born Oct. 14, 1922, in Wilmington, Del., to the late George T. and Elizabeth Enright Singley. He was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Singley. He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Gene; their son and his wife, George T. Singley III and Maxine of Fairfax Station, daughter and her husband, Deborah and Robert R. Brown Sr. of Poquoson, son and his wife, Bob Singley and Angela of Bena, daughter and her husband, Barbara and Roger Haak of Toano, and daughter and her husband, Jeanne Elizabeth and Brian Hull of Hanover; 11 grandchildren, George, Kristine, Dean, Robbie, Brad, Craig, Bobby, Shelly, Joe, Brandon and Cameron; and 10 great-grandchildren. George enjoyed golf, fishing, woodworking and his many friends, but most of all, time with his family.
George served his country honorably and with distinction for 37 years, 22 years as an Army officer and 15 years as a Department of the Army civilian. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 1947 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, following his service in World War II
. George enlisted in the Army in 1942 and received his second lieutenant commission from the Infantry Officer Candidate School, Fort Benning, Ga. From October 1944 to February 1945, he served as a rifle platoon leader, 346th Infantry Regiment, 87th Infantry Division in World War II, for which he earned the Purple Heart
, Bronze Star
and Combat Infantryman Badge. A senior Army aviator, he was a rated pilot of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, as well as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Flight School and the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College. Upon his retirement from active duty in 1965, George received the Legion of Merit and started his civilian career at the U.S. Army Applied Technology Directorate, Fort Eustis, where he served in several positions of leadership, including chief of the Applied Aeronautics Division, chief of the Systems Support Division, chief of the Military Operations Division, and ultimately, deputy director at the time of his retirement in 1980. He was an active member of the American Helicopter Society and the Army Aviation Association of America.
A funeral service will be held at noon on Saturday, Nov. 17, at Walnut Hills Baptist Church, 1014 Jamestown Rd., Williamsburg. A reception in celebration of George's life will be held immediately following the service in the fellowship hall at the church. At a later date, funeral services with military honors will be held at the Fort Myer Memorial Chapel with interment to follow in Arlington National Cemetery.
The family extends its sincere appreciation for the compassionate care given over the past decade by all his physicians and caregivers.
His family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be sent to the Army Aviation Association of America Scholarship Foundation Inc. (www.quad-a.org
), the Purple Heart Foundation (www.mophsf.org
), or the World War II Honor Flight Network (www.honorflight.org
Online condolences may be expressed at www.nelsencares.com