BANGOR – George Raymond Scott, 89, passed away peacefully Jan. 15, 2013, at a Bangor health care facility. He was born Feb. 22, 1923, in Indianapolis, to Walter J. and Rilla A. (Fleener) Scott.
George grew up in Irvington, on the east side of Indianapolis. There, he met the love of his life, Jerrie, to whom he was married for 65 years until her death in 2010. George was a 1940 graduate of Arsenal Technical High School. At Tech, he developed his love for mathematics and science. He was a graduate of the prestigious Army Specialized Training Program at the University of Oklahoma, and also attended Indiana and Purdue universities. George and Jerrie were married at Camp Howze, Gainesville, Texas, during World War II, prior to him going overseas. George served in the 109th Infantry Division, “Cactus Patch,” fighting the 500 mile “Cactus Route” through France, Germany, Austria and Italy. He earned a Purple Heart for injuries sustained in France. George attended Cactus Patch reunions and remained active in their group until his death. For 32 years, George worked at Naval Avionics Center, Indianapolis, as an electronics scientist, primarily designing radar for naval aircraft. He became an avid computer programmer as the field developed, consulting in programming and software development after his retirement in 1983. After the war, George and Jerrie started their family. They had four children, Stephen L. and Carol, David B. and Teresa, Mary A., and Laura J. Scott and James Thomas. Others remaining are his brother, Kenneth W. Scott and Patsy; 12 grandchildren and three great-granddaughters. George and Jerrie lived in Indiana until 2008 when they chose to move to Maine where Laura could help with their care. They had vacationed in Maine years before and felt a connection to the state. Although they missed their family and friends in Indiana, they loved making friends at Sunbury Village and discovering new places. George kept a sign on the wall that summed up his feelings about where he spent the last years of his life: “Time spent in Maine is never wasted.” George was a man with diverse interests, skills and talents. In addition to his passion for math, science, aviation and computing, he was a naturalist who enjoyed spelunking, fishing and exploring outdoors. He was the scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop No. 44 in Indianapolis for six years, leading the scouts on many memorable adventures. As a Sunday school teacher for several years at Marion County Children’s Guardian Home, he taught and mentored underprivileged children. George was an elder at Irvington Presbyterian Church and was active in the church until moving to Maine. A self-taught piano player, he enjoyed music, movies and was an avid reader. George loved traveling and driving – especially in his ’65 Mustang convertible always opting to take the most interesting “shortcut.” It’s impossible to put into words all that George was and what he meant to those who love him. A man of infinite patience, great integrity and honesty, George was quiet and soft-spoken, methodical and analytical, witty and punny, romantic and emotional, as well as gentle and strong. Above all, he was a devoted husband, father and grampy who was always there for anyone who needed him. May he live on as the best in each of us.
A memorial service will be held April 27 at Irvington Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis. Entombment with his beloved at Washington Park East Cemetery will be afterward. Friends and family are invited to share condolences, stories and memories at http://george.scott.muchloved.com. The family thanks the staff of Maine Veterans Home and Beacon Hospice for their loving care during the past year.
“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”