George R. Gabel, 89, formerly of Theresa, NY, died Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Samaritan Keep Home, Watertown, NY.
Born on November 6, 1928 in Copenhagen, NY, he was a son of Andrew and Mary Pastor Gabel. As a youth, George's family moved to State Street Hill where he attended grade school in East Watertown. In 1940 the family moved to Theresa, NY and he graduated from Theresa High School in 1947.
George entered the US Army October 12, 1950, serving during the Korean War and was honorably discharged September 19, 1952.
He married Hilda Cranley Eggleston of Theresa, NY on July 20, 1957 in Evans Mills, NY. She died September 22, 2014.
George worked for Gibson's Dry Cleaning, Watertown, NY, for a time and in 1948, he started working at St. Regis Paper Co., Deferiet, NY and retired in March of 1984 as night superintendent of paper making.
He was a member of the Philadelphia American Legion, Robert Markwich Post No. 798, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 6655 and Theodore W. Seymour Post of Theresa, NY.
Survivors include four daughters and two sons-in-law, Judy Milden, Linden, VA, Bonnie and Howard Schultz, Carthage, NY, Sally Smith, Watertown, NY, Nancy and James Simons, Hammond, NY; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Anne Eggleston, Theresa, NY; sixteen grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
His parents, his wife, a brother, Michael Gabel, two sisters, Elizabeth Vinson and Mary Rivera, a son-in-law, John Milden and a grandson, Lynn Robinson, Jr., all died previously.
Funeral services will be 12 pm Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Frederick Bros. Funeral Home, Theresa, NY with Jefferson County American Legion Chaplin, David Gerrish, officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Theresa, NY.
A calling hour will be 11am - 12 pm, prior to the service.
Condolences may be made online at www.frederickbrosfuneralhome.com.
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