George E. Ventres of Ridgefield, CT and Holiday Point; Sherman, CT passed away on April 28, 2020, at Laurel Ridge Nursing Home in Ridgefield at the age of 96. He was the loving husband of the late Doris (Hoyt) Ventres, a Ridgefield native.
Mr. Ventres was born on September 22, 1923, in Berlin, CT. He spent most of his early years in New Canaan, CT and graduated from New Canaan High School in 1941.
He joined the US Navy on September 23, 1941, and completed basic training in Newport, RI. He then went on to school for Navy Hospital Corpsmen. He served in Mobile Hospital #6 at Silver Stream, New Zealand; Mobile Hospital #3 at Espiritu Santo in New Hebrides; and then was transferred to the Waller DD466 – a Fletcher Class Destroyer which was part of the US 3rd Fleet under Admiral Halsey. While in the South Pacific, he participated in the following operations: Treasury Island Landings, Bougainville Landing, Defense of Cape Torokina, Green Island Landings, as well as the anti-shipping sweeps and bombardments of Rabaul and the New Irelands. He also served in the Central Pacific during the invasion of Saipan, Guam and Tinian in the Marianas.
On returning home, Mr. Ventres took up carpentry and was a local builder for many years. He enjoyed several nice hunting trips with his two sons, Tad and Dale. Mr. Ventres was a founding member of the Ramapoo Rifle and Revolver Club and was also an active member of the National Rifle Association, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Tin Can Sailors and the First Congregational Church of Ridgefield.
He is survived by his sons Tad J. Ventres and Dale H. Ventres. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Ada Ventres as well as his wife, Doris (Hoyt) Ventres.
A Memorial Service will take place on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at 11:00 AM at the First Congregational Church; 103 Main Street, Ridgefield. At the conclusion of the memorial service, family and friends are welcome to gather in Lund Hall at the First Congregational Church for a brief reception. Following the memorial service and reception, US Navy Funeral Honors will be offered at 1:30 PM at the Ventres gravesite at Bald Hill Cemetery, Wilton.
Contributions in Mr. Ventres’ memory may be made to the Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association – 27 Governor Street, Ridgefield.
Kane Funeral Home is in care of arrangements.
27 Governor Street, Ridgefield CT 06877