Northwest NEWS

November 25, 2002

Local News

Obituary: George Henry Babcock Jr.

George Henry Babcock Jr. 79, of Woodinville died Nov. 17 at Evergreen Hospice Center in Kirkland.
   A memorial service was held Nov. 23 at the Evergreen Hospice Center. After cremation, his ashes will be scattered at sea. Memorial contributions can be made to the America Diabetes Association, the American Cancer Society, or a charity of the donor's choice.
   George Henry was born at home in Alton, R.I. to Emily (Perry) and George Henry Babcock. A Narragansett Native American, his name was Wompsikuk M'tah (Eagle Heart).
   With his parents' permission, he joined the Navy at 17 and served in the Navy through WWII Korea and Viet Nam. During those years he sailed around the world three times. His tours of duty were in Cuba, Japan, and Panama. While stationed in Japan, he worked at the United States Embassary and taught English as a Second Language to Japanese Military. At the time of his retirement in 1964, he was assigned to the USS Hornet (CVS-12).
   After his retirement from the Navy, he lived in Lake Forest Park, Lynnwood, and in Woodinville. He worked as a quality assurance engineer in several shipyards in Seattle and Tacoma. Later he worked at the Gold Creek Tennis and Sports Club.
   He was a member of All Navy VFW ship #3469 for fifteen years. He was the ship's commander for several terms and also the commander for the second district VFW. He also belonged to VFW Post 2995 of Bellevue, the Fleet Reserve Association, and the American Legion Post 0112.
   He married the late Juanita Delores Stanton September 1947 in Westerly, R.I. She died of cancer on June 28, 1968. On June 14, 1969, he married Annie Virginia Williams.
   He is survived by his wife Annie Virginia, Woodinville; one brother, Kenneth Babcock, Ashaway, R.I.; three sisters, Ina Helme, Groton, Conn., Gwendolyn Gray, Shoreline, Mildred Calhoun, Alton, Rhode Island; a host of nieces, grandnieces, nephews, grandnephews, and friends throughout the country.
   Preceding him in death were his parents, his first wife and his brother Charles.