Jean William Showe, 96, born July 2, 1916, in Hagerstown, Md., passed away peacefully Thursday, March 7, 2013, in Severna Park, Md.
A longtime resident of Pines-on-the-Severn in Arnold, Md., he was preceded in death by his wife of more than 60 years, Esther Showe.
He was the beloved father of Linda (Mike) Baker of Bowie, Md., and beloved grandfather of Craig Baker of Galion, Ohio, and Courtney (Stephen) Kenney of Chicago, Ill. He is also survived by two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Jean joined the Navy in 1938 and fought in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters in World War II. He was a survivor of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. He was wounded at the Battle of Guadalcanal when his ship was sunk. During his career, he served aboard the USS Raleigh (CL-7), Harding (DD-625), De Haven (DD-469) and Metcalf (DD-595). He was an original plank owner of the USS Harding after putting her in commission in New England.
Jean separated from the Navy after the war and married his nurse, Esther. The couple moved to Annapolis, where he worked at the U.S. Naval Engineering Experiment Station from 1945 until his retirement. He moved to Sunrise Senior Living in Severna Park in 2008. Jean will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
Family and friends may visit Monday, March 11, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Barranco & Sons P.A., Severna Park Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park.
There will be a chapel service Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at 10:45 a.m. at Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Crownsville, Md., with interment to follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Highway, Annapolis, MD 21401.
Online condolences may be made at www.barrancofuneralhome.com.