Jesse G. Watson
Retired Chief Master Sgt. Jesse Garfield Watson, 92, Lanesville, died Monday, March 31, 2014, at Golden Guardians in Corydon.
Born May 20, 1921, in Central, he attended Purdue University, joined the Army Air Corps and became a flight instructor at Foster Field in Texas. He briefly left the service after World War II then rejoined and worked in weather radar. He also was a Hurricane Hunter, flying out of Bermuda, and a veteran of the Korean War who retired after 27 years in the service. He played saxophone, clarinet and mandolin in a small band and attended Old Capitol United Methodist Church in Corydon.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, the former Virginia Deakins; a son, Richard David Watson; and six siblings, Frank Watson, Roma Lopp, Monty Watson, Corinne Saulman, Mickey Wyckman and Jerry Watson.
Survivors include his wife, the former Geraldine Sieg Baxley; a son, Stephen Watson of Salt Lake City; a daughter, Diana Meyer of Carmel; four stepdaughters, Patricia Presley of Marengo, Donna Stultz of New Salisbury and Janet Koons and Margie Hoehn, both of Corydon; a brother, Guy Watson of Clarksville; eight grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; 11 step-grandchildren; 11 step-great-grandchildren; and a step-great-great-grandchild.
Visitation: Sunday, April 6, from 2 to 8 p.m. and Monday, April 7, after 10 a.m. at Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home in Corydon.
Funeral: Monday, April 7, at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Corydon.
Officiant: The Rev. Andy Hansen officiated.
The family suggests memorial gifts be made to Old Capitol United Methodist Church in Corydon.