MSGT REGINALD W. GEORGE
WEST SPRINGFIELD- Reginald “Reggie” George, 81, of West Springfield, passed away on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at Elaine Center at Hadley. He was born on April 14, 1937, a son of the late Joseph and Irene (Jennings) George. After graduating high school, Reginald enlisted in the US Air Force and served honorably for 26 years on military bases across 13 states and 7 different countries, including serving in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive. He retired from the Air Force in 1984 as a Master Sgt., having received numerous awards and citations including: Air Force outstanding Unit Award w/Valor Device, 12 Devices, Air Force Good Conduct medal w/7 Devices, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon w/5 Devices, Vietnam Service Medal w/4 devices, Marksmanship Ribbon w/1 Device, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/Palm Device, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, among numerous others. After his Air Force service, he worked for the US Postal Service as a letter carrier for 17 years. He was a life member of the following organizations: VFW #6714, DAV Chapter 55, Non-Commissioned Officers Association, The Retired Enlisted Association, American Legion Post 185 in Feeding Hills, AMVETS, and American Military Retirees Association. In his spare time, he enjoyed genealogy, golf, and bowling. Reggie will be dearly missed by his loving children; Thomas George and his wife Amy of WA, Richard George of Westfield, Veronica George of South Hadley, his sister Rosalie Miller of OR, two half-sisters; Ramona Bishop of NH, Regina Howard of VT. He is also survived by his 2 adored grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother, Raymond George. Visiting hours will be held on Monday, July 30, 2018 from 3-5PM at Messier Funeral Home, 1944 Northampton St, Holyoke, MA followed by a Funeral Home Service at 5PM. The burial with Military honors will take place on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 1PM in the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 476 Furnace Rd, Randolph Center, VT. Donations in Reggie’s name may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 9 Erie Dr, Natick, MA 01760. For more details please visit www.messierfuneralhome.com.
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