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George S. Converse

Posted By obits On July 19, 2018 @ 8:40 am In Elizabeth City,Obituaries | 6 Comments

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Longtime Elizabeth City resident George Schaaf Converse, a retired Marine Corps lieutenant colonel and combat veteran of Vietnam and Lebanon, died suddenly of natural causes on May 2, 2018, in Atlanta, Ga. The son of a Navy officer and the second of four brothers, he was born October 6, 1946, in Council Bluffs, Ia. After graduating from West Bremerton High School in Bremerton, Wash., and from Montana State University in Bozeman with a bachelor’s degree in English, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps in June 1968.
During his 28-year career as an infantry officer, George served in all four Marine divisions, at Headquarters Marine Corps in Washington, D.C., at Headquarters, U.S. Atlantic Fleet in Norfolk, Va., and at the Marine Corps Combat Development and Education Command, in Quantico, Va. His operational assignments included tours as the S-3 (operations officer) of the 24th Marine Amphibious Unit that was part of the Multi-National Peacekeeping Force in Lebanon in 1983, as the commanding officer of the Marine detachment on board the guided missile cruiser USS Chicago, as commander of a rifle company at Camp Pendleton, Calif., and as a rifle platoon leader and company executive officer in Vietnam in 1969. Among his staff assignments were Assistant Chief of Staff for Plans and Policy, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Atlantic; Director, Fleet Plans Division, Headquarters, Commander in Chief U.S. Atlantic Fleet; and Director of Special Projects and Assistant Secretary of the General Staff, Headquarters Marine Corps. While in the service, George attended the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, the Naval Gunfire School, the Amphibious Warfare School, and also earned a master’s degree in management from Troy State University. His numerous military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with “V” device for valor, the Legion of Merit, and the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters.

Following his retirement from the Marine Corps in 1996, George worked for more than ten years as a project manager and communications systems analyst for BAE Systems in Chesapeake, Va. He then assisted his wife Mary Ann in operating her Center Line Digital Printing business and volunteered as a naval history researcher for the Museum of the Albemarle.
An accomplished writer, George’s article “A Most Timely Skirmish” was awarded first prize for the best essay on naval history for 2015 by the United States Naval Institute. He contributed articles on local history to The Daily Advance, and, just months before his death, published a book of poetry, The Winds of the Compass Rose.

George was preceded in death by his parents, Elliott V. Converse, Jr., and Mary Patrice Schaaf Converse, and by his wife Mary Ann Schippers Converse to whom he was married for 47 years. He is survived by three brothers, Elliott (Rosemary) of Evergreen, Colo.; Philip (Ruth) of Salt Lake City, Ut.; and Vincent (Raquel), of Hermosa, Bataan, Republic of the Philippines; by three nieces and four nephews, Jennifer, Karen, Philip, Noah, Celeste, Samuel, and Matthew; and by fifteen great nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 28, at the Twiford Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church St., Elizabeth City; he will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation in George’s memory to: the SPCA of Northeastern NC, 102 Enterprise Dr., Elizabeth City, NC 27909 or the Food Bank of the Albemarle, 109 Tidewater Way, Elizabeth City, NC 27909.

Twiford Funeral Home is assisting the Converse family. Online memorial condolences may be sent to the family at https://www.twifordfh.com.

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Condolence from Linda White on July 22nd, 2018 7:41 am

I didn’t know Mr Converse but I would like to thank him for his dedicated service and his willingness to sacrifice all for our great country.

Condolence from Nichol on July 22nd, 2018 8:22 pm

So sorry for loss. Ya all are in our thoughts and prayers.Want to share a comforting thought. This helps us a lot.
Its found at John 5:28,29. This show us that one day there will be a resurrection. We will be able to see our dead loved ones again. It will be a lot better then. Bad things, including death, will be no more (Revelation 21:4).

Condolence from Mamie Boyd on July 24th, 2018 10:36 pm

To the Converse family:

My sincere condolences goes out to your family. May the memories of him help to ease your pain of sorrow.

Please remember that he is not suffering but is asleep in death, waiting to hear Jesus voice calling him out of the grave. ( John 5: 28 & 29).

We can see Mr. Converse again, right here on a beautiful Paradise earth in perfect health and with the prospect of living forever. ( Revelation 21: 4; Isaiah 33: 24; and Psalms 37: 29).

I hope and pray that these Scriptures can bring you a measure of comfort until the fulfillment of them.


Condolence from Mary SANDERS McCully on August 22nd, 2018 8:55 am

My brother and formal Naval Officer, Donald Sanders, as well as my husband and I are saddened by your loss of George.

His legacy will live on through those he has touched, his work on the history of the Albemarle area, and so many, many service contributions throughout his life.

My husband and I had the privilege of meeting with George to discuss the book he was writing on the shipyards of the east coast. We reviewed portions of it for him and were amazed at his attention to accuracy and detail. Our family (Sanders) had the Elizabeth City Shipyard and Ironworks in a time our country needed them during WW 11.

What a special spirit of a man. His legacy will live on through his writings and the people he took the time to know, even if only from one special meeting.

May God bring you comfort in knowing so many admired and loved your brother.

Condolence from Colonel John Edwards, Australian Army and Clare Edwards on August 28th, 2018 7:49 pm

It is with a sense of great loss and sadness that we have just discovered the sudden death of our dear long time friend George. After serving together at Command and Staff College Quantico in 1980-81, we had planned a special trip from Australia to get together after all this time. We were due to meed in late September but sadly fate has intervened.
George and Mary Ann were our sponsors at USMC Quantico and showered us with friendship and hospitality and we hold them dear to our heart.
We are forever in their debt. and we will put a flower on their respective graves during our impending visit.
Semper Fidelis
John and Clare Edwards

Condolence from John J.Kiefer on September 5th, 2018 6:05 pm

Very sorry to hear of the loss of LtCol Converse. I served under him in the plans division of FMFLANT in the mid-1990s. I deeply admired his leadership. He was fair, approachable and a great mentor to his junior officers. He will be deeply missed.

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