George T. Gregory

 

PLYMOUTH, CA – Commander George T. Gregory (Retired USN) passed away November 27, 2013 from complications of Parkinson's disease. He was born to George H. and Gladys Gregory, in Pensacola FL, and grew up in La Jolla, CA. After attending Boyden Preparatory School, he studied Aeronautical Engineering at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. At the Navy Air Station in Pensacola, he underwent flight training, and became a flight instructor. Later he studied Naval Science at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey. His seven overseas tours included Korea, Vietnam, Japan and Eniwetok. For many years, he also served as a helicopter pilot for the Monterey County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team. In 1970, he retired from the Navy with several awards, most notably, a Distinguished Flying Cross from President Clinton, awarded in 2003 for reconnaissance missions in Japan and Korea. George is survived by his wife of 43 years, Melva, who helped him build a home in Plymouth, where they farmed dry hay and raised horses and birds. George also loved fishing and deer hunting in the Sierra. A master gunsmith, he was renowned for his custom-made rifles. He is also survived by his former wife, Deirdre Schroeder, and their seven children, Candice, Shannon (Mandel), Robin (Hagemeyer), Leslie (Waas), Kimberly, George Jr., Molly (McCall); as well as nine grandchildren. His son, Zane, preceded him in death in 1996. A private celebration of his life has already been held. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Grace Foundation, 5800 Latigo Lane, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762. -

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