Robert I. Senger, 94

Robert I. Senger, 94, of South Bridgton, passed away Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at Bridgton Hospital.

Bob was born on Dec. 26, 1922, in Windsor, Conn., the son of Victor I. Senger and Maude E. (Green) Senger.

During World War II, Bob was a flight navigator, entering active service in Feb. 1944. He received his navigation training in Coral Gables, Fla., and navigated B-24 Liberator and B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft over the Atlantic and on missions over Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe. He was assigned to the 493 Bombardment Group, Eighth Air Force, stationed at RAF Debach, England. Bob also was a Group Navigation Instructor and served in the planning, plotting, and briefing of missions in the European Theater of Operations. Near the end of the war, he navigated aircraft carrying relief aid to Belgium.

After returning from active duty, Bob attended Syracuse University, graduating in 1947. He and his wife Betty settled in Simsbury, Conn., where Bob established a public accounting firm as a C.P.A. In Simsbury, he served many years on the Board of Finance, Chamber of Commerce, and other town committees.

Family vacations brought him to Maine. Bob retired in 1990, and moved to South Bridgton, where he resided for 27 years. His interests included travel, golf, the Eighth Air Force Historical Society, Syracuse Athletics, and the Chicago Cubs. He passed along his love of Maine to his granddaughter Katie, who resides in Bridgton.

Bob was predeceased by his beloved wife of 66 years, Betty M. (Arthur) Senger.

He is survived by four children: son Donald and wife Elissa of Dover, Mass., son James and wife Linda of Boise, Idaho, daughter Betty Scoville and husband William of New Hartford, Conn., and son Robert B. and wife Ruth of Simsbury, Conn. He also leaves behind five grandchildren: Jeffrey, Robert M., Andrew, Kimberly, and Katelyn; and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his youngest sister, Grace M. Darling, of Chester, Va., as well as many nieces and nephews.

There are no calling hours. Friends are welcome to join his family for a graveside service with military honors at the South Bridgton Cemetery on Friday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m.

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