WATSON Claude Meacham

WATSON Claude Meacham

Male 1922 - 2013  (91 years)

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  • Name WATSON Claude Meacham 
    Born 30 Jul 1922  Whitewater Twnshp, Grand Traverse, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Military Between 7 Mar 1941 and 8 Jan 1946  [1
    as a U.S. Army Air Corps radio operator 
    _UID BB302BE91EF21D4EAFECEFCFEFBBD004517F 
    Died 26 Aug 2013  Lansing, Ingham, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • (OBIT: Claude Meacham Watson, of Lansing, MI, passed away on August 26, 2013 at the Medical Care Facility & Rehabilitation Services of Ingham County, 3860 Dobie Rd, Okemos, MI, following complications due to major surgery.

      Claude was born July 30, 1922 in Whitewater Township, Michigan, to Ben Adrian Watson and Mabelle Juliette Corey, on the family farm his great-grandfather Gervas Watson had settled in 1852. His family moved to Elk Rapids when he was five and he graduated from Elk Rapids High School in 1939.

      Claude enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps on March 7, 1941 and served through January 8, 1946. Trained in radio operation and maintenance, he spent most of the war in training bases. He was stationed with the 538th training squadron at Williams Field near Chandler, AZ when Pearl Harbor was bombed. On April 16, 1945, he left for China where he served with the 91st Fighter Squadron of the 81st Fighter Group, the only P-47 fighter squadron in the Flying Tigers.

      While attending Michigan State College, he met Anne Sinclair Terry at Canterbury Club and the two married in June 1954. After completing his Masters degree in Physics in 1958, he was hired to teach physics and electronics at Lansing Community College in its second year of operation. He became interested in computers, transferred from the Science Dept. to the Math Dept., and ended his 35 year career as the Arts and Science Divisional Coordinator for Instructional Computing. When he retired at age 72, he was LCC's senior employee.

      Scouting was important to Claude. As a boy he became a Lone Scout, persuaded his dad to be a Scoutmaster, and eventually earned the rank of Life Scout. He was an active scoutmaster for 25 years with Troop 297 in Lansing, producing 26 Eagle Scouts, including his three sons. With his wife, he advised Explorer Post 297 for several years. Claude was awarded the Silver Beaver in recognition of his service.

      He was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church, a Mason, a ham radio operator (W8JOO), a Spartan sports fan and enjoyed duplicate bridge, chess, sailing, music, genealogy, and his family. A very congenial soul, he kept his sense of humor until the end.

      He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Ben Gervas Watson; sister, Barbara Ann (Watson) Braun and brother-in-law Gilbert Louis Braun. He is survived by his wife of 59 years; a daughter, three sons, five grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews.

      A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 6, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 800 Abbot Rd., East Lansing with the Rev. Katherine Ann Carlson officiating. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. Graveside service will take place September 7, 11:00 a.m. at Maple Grove Cemetery, Elk Rapids, MI.

      In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Claude Watson Scholarship Fund at Lansing Community College, PO Box 40010, Lansing, MI 48901 or Claude M. Watson Memorial.)
    Buried Aft 26 Aug 2013  Elk Rapids, Antrim, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Address:
    Maple Grove Cemetery 
    Claude Meacham Watson gravestone
    Claude Meacham Watson gravestone

    CLAUDE MEACHAM
    WATSON
    JULY 30, 1922
    AUG. 26, 2013

    Person ID I80956  Noyes Family Genealogy
    Last Modified 1 Feb 2017 

    Father WATSON Ben Adrian,   b. 4 Nov 1886, , Grand Traverse, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Apr 1950, Traverse City, Grand Traverse, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Mother COREY Mabelle Juliette,   b. 8 Oct 1894, Royalton, Waupaca, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1975, East Lansing, Ingham, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 5 Jun 1921  Elk Rapids, Antrim, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F46420  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Living 
    Children 
     1. Living
    Last Modified 1 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F31666  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 30 Jul 1922 - Whitewater Twnshp, Grand Traverse, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 26 Aug 2013 - Lansing, Ingham, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Address:
    Maple Grove Cemetery - Aft 26 Aug 2013 - Elk Rapids, Antrim, Michigan
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    Claude Meacham Watson
    Claude Meacham Watson
    Claude Meacham Watson
    Claude Meacham Watson

    young man
    Veteran & Patriot of World War II
    Veteran & Patriot of World War II

  • Sources 
    1. [S3808] Internet-Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial #116261553 (Gar Watson) 9/28/2014.

    2. [S3808] Internet-Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial #70492567 (Gar Watson) 5/28/2011.