Waterville - Oliver Perham Shattuck III Retired LCDR USN, passed peacefully June 20, 2019 at the age of 93 in the company of family. Born in NYC, New York, October 10, 1925 to Oliver Perham Shattuck Jr., and Margaret Ellen Lickley Shattuck (of England). He attended schools in Westport, CT., Washington DC, Massachusetts and New York City.
In 1941 he moved to Vermont with his father (a former Waterville Postmaster who traveled and served in the USN for WWW I and Merchant Marine ) his brother, his grandfather Edson and wife Helene. They moved to a house on Marsh Road. Oliver worked as a dairy hand, a logger and at a local Spruce Oil Mill. In 1943 he enlisted in the US Navy. He served a distinguished career and retired with the rank of LCDR. He was a “mustang”. A term used when a commissioned officer entered the service as enlisted personnel and worked his way up through the ranks.
After traveling the world and serving 30 years in US Navy, he and his wife, Colleen Ruth Brown and children, retired to the family farm in Waterville. Both he and his beloved wife Colleen claimed 5 generations of family history and roots in Waterville.
Oliver “Pete” and Colleen married in Waterville, June 1950 and Pete often said his favorite place in the world was “anywhere with Colleen by his side”. He often related the story of moving to Waterville and opening the door one morning to receive milk delivery from the “prettiest little red headed milk maid in the world, and she lived up the hill!”. It was love at first sight and their devotion to each other never stopped.
Colleen passed at home in October 2015. Pete leaves behind his children Coral, Marty, Mick, Carolynn and Cathleen and their spouses and children.
Pete has been a member of LCDC/ABLE, Cemetery caretaker, school custodian and school’s water system operator. He was also a Town Service Officer, cemetery association board member and substitute teacher. He and Colleen were a team and so she assisted with Cemetery care, elementary school custodian and substitute teacher. She was also a school director and secretary of the cemetery association. They both loved history and ancestry research and with 5 generations of history to the area, they stayed busy. A story of Pete is a story of Pete and Colleen. They enjoyed doing “stuff” together and Pete often spoke of how hard it was to have been gone most of his career, away from Colleen and the kids.
Friends are invited by the family to a memorial celebration with military honors on September 14 at the old Nazarene Church in Waterville at 11 am. There will be a reception and time of sharing immediately following. Inurnment will be in the family plot at the Waterville Cemetery and will be private per Oliver’s request.