George Washington “George Webster Proven” Provin III

George Washington “George Webster Proven” Provin III

Rock Island County, Illinois, USA
Death 6 Nov 1993 (aged 66)
Waterford, Oakland County, Michigan, USA
Burial Augusta, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, USA
Plot MA 173
Memorial ID 206726486 · View Source
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NOTE: This memorial #206726486 was created by Elizabeth Marie Proven Fekete, the daughter of George and Eleanor. Any inquiries should be directed to her.

George was the son of George Washington Provin II and Emma Ellen Thran. When he was about the age of 7 his father deserted the family, leaving his pregnant mother and younger brother and sister to fend for themselves. He did not remember ever seeing him after that. George ended up changing his name to George Webster Proven, wanting no association with his father. He grew up in Pontiac Michigan and graduated from Pontiac High School early. After graduating he joined the United States Navy. He was serving on the USS Cecil and participated in the test explosions of the atomic bomb. For a very short period he served as a sonar technician and had all of his metal tooth fillings removed leading to a life-time of dental problems. After leaving the Navy he enrolled in a graphic artist school under the GI Bill. He married Eleanor Stecker on September 9, 1950 and had three daughters. They divorced around 1977. He was known as one of the top graphic designers, but sadly his state of mind did not match his talents. He was also one of the best banjo players in the state. Other instruments he was proficient in were the guitar, clarinet, and saxophone, at one time playing for the Pontiac Symphony Orchestra. He was a man of many talents. He was almost too brilliant. He was not able to compartmentalize his talents and struggled with being content. He took to alcohol which led to his divorce, estrangement from his family, and ultimately to his death. He died from esophageal cancer which spread to his throat and stomach. It is believed this cancer was related to his participation in the test bombings but could not be proven. It was a very sad time for his children and grandchildren. He was cremated and left his remains to his girlfriend at the time. The location of his ashes are unknown. A military headstone was requested by his eldest daughter and place at the Fort Custer National Cemetery. He is a few rows away from his brother, Gilbert Richard Proven. Despite everything I miss my father.

** NOTE: US Veteran's Affairs Office also recorded under #1095501, George Webster Proven

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  • Created by: Elizabeth Fekete
  • Added: 1 Feb 2020
  • Find a Grave Memorial 206726486
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for George Washington “George Webster Proven” Provin III (14 May 1927–6 Nov 1993), Find a Grave Memorial no. 206726486, citing Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Elizabeth Fekete (contributor 47601016) .