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Dr James R Watson

Dr James R Watson

Birth
Wabash, Wabash County, Indiana, USA
Death 29 Dec 2004 (aged 77)
Auburn, DeKalb County, Indiana, USA
Burial Wabash, Wabash County, Indiana, USA
Plot Sec K, lot 98, sp 4
Memorial ID 10196251 · View Source
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OBITUARY - Plain Dealer, Wabash (IN) - December 31, 2004
AUBURN - Dr. James R. Watson, 77, Auburn, died Wednesday at his home. He was born in Wabash to Gordon and Golden Moody) Watson. He graduated from Wabash High School in 1944. He married Carolyn J.. Ireland on July 1, 1950, and she survives.

He served as a seaman first class in the Navy from 1945 to 1946. He received his undergraduate and masters degrees from Indiana University, and his doctorate in education from IU in 1964. He taught sixth grade in LaFontaine and from 1950 to 1960 was an elementary teacher, principal (South Side and West Ward) and supervisor of principals for Wabash City Schools.

In 1960 he became the youngest superintendent of schools in Illinois when he assumed that position in Lake Zurich. In 1965 he was named superintendent of schools for Dekalb Central District, Auburn. He retired there in 1990. By the time he retired, he had helped build or remodel every school building in the district. Therefore, it was appropriate for East Auburn to be renamed J.R. Watson Elementary School.

He was the youngest Master of Masonic Lodges in Indiana and Commander of Commandry in Wabash. He served as assistant to Mayor Norm Rohm in Auburn and was on the Dekalb County Board of Health for 25 years. He was currently serving as a trustee of the Auburn Cord-Dusenberg Museum.

Survivors include a daughter, Christine Felchter, Antwerp, Ohio, a son, Jeffrey (Laura) Watson, Noblesville; seven granddaughters; and a brother, David M. (Ellie) Watson, Manhattan, Mont.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Church of the Nazarene, 2301 N. Main St., Auburn. Friends may call from 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday at McComb, Dilgard & Cline Funeral Home, 502 N. Main St., Auburn, and one hour prior to services at the church. #Burial will be in Falls Cemetery, Wabash, at 3 p.m. Monday. Preferred memorials are to the Dekalb Central School Alumni Foundation, 3424 Co. Rd. 427, Waterloo, Ind. 46793.


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  • Maintained by: Friends of Falls Cemetery
  • Originally Created by: Elliott
  • Added: 31 Dec 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10196251
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr James R Watson (8 Jan 1927–29 Dec 2004), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10196251, citing Falls Cemetery, Wabash, Wabash County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Friends of Falls Cemetery (contributor 47178769) .