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WHEELOCK – Sgt. Gunnar Eugene Watson, 27, of Wheelock, died unexpectedly on October 16, from injuries sustained in a fatal shooting at his home. His loss was a complete shock and the family is left shaken and deeply saddened.

Gunnar was born on October 21, 1995, to Caroline and Jason Watson in Kokomo, Ind. He was a proud, true Vermonter having moved to the state at only nine months old. He was raised in Barton and attended Lake Region High School and was passionate about all things military and family. In 2018, Gunnar met Aubrie St. Louis, and they wed in 2020, and shared their two boys Leo and Arthur.

Gunnar worked as a foreman at Lucas Tree Experts for two years and was a team leader in the Sniper section of C Troop 1/172 CAV of the Vermont Army National Guard. His impressive three year military career decorated him with many accomplishments.

“We remain in shock at the devastating loss of our soldier, Sgt. Gunnar Watson. Shortly after enlisting, Gunnar distinguished himself by successfully completing Airborne, Ranger, and Sniper School in approximately two years. Sgt. Watson consistently demonstrated exceptional physical and mental prowess, epitomizing the ideal of the quiet professional, earning the admiration and respect of his peers and superiors.” – Charlie Troop Commander, CPT Max Kennedy.

Gunnar’s dream was to be an elite service member and the most valuable soldier to the armed forces he could be. His exemplary performance was nothing short of remarkable.

Gunnar was a force of nature, determined to provide for his family and give them the life he felt they deserved. His family meant more to him than anything else in the world, something he often mentioned. He was unendingly proud of Leo, Arthur and Aubrie and always tried his best to support them, regularly exceeding all expectations as a husband and father.

Anyone who knew Gunnar, knew that he had one of the biggest hearts and warmest dispositions that could be found. He had an immense passion for hunting and was always a source of positivity. His parents are very proud of everything he achieved throughout his life. His family and friends will miss him more than words can say.

He is survived by his wife Aubrie St. Louis, sons Leo and Arthur, parents Jason and Caroline Watson, siblings Skyler and Brooke Watson, grandmothers Penny Watson and Gabrielle Sumner, grandfather Chris Watson as well as father and mother-in-law Tracy and Elizabeth St. Louis, along with many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

There will be a funeral service held on Sunday, November 19, at the Greensboro United Church of Christ at 2 p.m.  All who loved Gunnar and wish to support his family in this tragedy are welcome to attend or view the service online at the link provided, at a later date, on the home page at Contributions in memory of Gunnar and to support his family moving forward can be made using the go-fund-me link; gofundme/2c784ce2.  Arrangements are with the des Groseilliers Funeral Home. Condolences and memories of Gunnar may be shared with his family at

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