Robert Wassung Obituary

Robert B. Wassung
Robert B. Wassung

January 28, 1925 - April 16, 2018
Born in Middletown, New York
Resided in Niantic, Connecticut


Niantic-Robert B. Wassung died April 16, 2018 at home and at peace. He was born January 28,1925, the son of Ruth Cockburn Wassung and George Arthur Wassung of Middletown, NY. The family moved to Hamden, CT. in 1939. Bob was drafted into the Army in 1943 serving in France and Germany. On the G1 bill, he attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. While at RP1, Bob was a member of White Key, Pi Tau Sigma Engineering Society, Phalanx, the college honor society, and Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Upon graduating, Bob was employed by the Torrington Company, a manufacturer of roller and needle bearings, with whom he spent his entire forty years of working life. His final position was that of Vice President - International Division. He thoroughly enjoyed visiting plants in Germany, England, japan, Australia, and elsewhere. Many of his business associates became personal friends.
Bob was passionate about music - singing, and directing choruses from his college days into his 90’s. He played big band music with Tuxedo Junction at Bill's Seafood Restaurant every Monday night for over 25 years. He was proficient at both the clarinet and alto saxophone.
Bob was first married to Harriet Dahlmeyer, with whom he had 5 children. He later married Mary Neary, who had 3 children of her own. He is predeceased by his sister, Jane Wassung Adams and oldest daughter, Lynne Ellen (Missy) Gardner. He is survived by his beloved blended family; wife Mary, Susan Axtell, Robert Wassung Jr., Katherine Wassung, Mary Jane (MJ) Strauhal, Geoff Neary, William Neary, and Patricia Neary; 16 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and 3 nieces.
He will be sorely missed. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at a later date. A gift in his memory may be made to the Niantic Community Church or the Department of the Arts/BS in Music at RPI. Thomas L. Neilan & sons East Lyme Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.




Memorial Service
Niantic Community Church
170 Pennsylvania Avenue
East Lyme, CT US 06333
Saturday, May 26, 2018
11:00 AM

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