George W. Carroll, Sr., 88, of Baker City, died April 23, 2009, at his home.
Mr. Carroll’s funeral will be Tuesday, April 28 at 2 p.m. at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Major Shirley Kirk of The Salvation Army in Nampa, Idaho, will officiate. Visitations will be today from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Entombment will be at Chelan Abbey Mausoleum in Newport.
George was born May 8, 1920, in Jackson Hole, Wyo., to Hubert (Bert) L. and Lucy J. Carroll. He was the 10th child of a family of 13 children. He attended schools in Baker City from grade 5 through high school.
He worked on various ranches while in school and after graduating. He worked in the round house in Huntington for Union Pacific Railroad from 1941 until he went in the Army for World War II in 1942. After the war, he worked various jobs including 1? years with the Beatty Chapel, Oregon Lumber Company and Alison Fortner in Baker City.
In 1951 he went to work for Portland-Pendleton Freight Lines, which was later moved to Silver Wheel Freight Lines. In 1956, he was transferred to Newport as a working terminal manager where he worked for the next 31 years. He retired in 1982 and moved back to Baker City in 1983.
He was a member of the Teamsters Union and a member of the National Rifle Association.
In 1941 he married Shirley L. Lynch in Baker City. She passed away in Dec. 5, 1982.
He served in World War II from May 1942 through Sept. 29, 1945 in the 3rd Army HQ and served overseas under General George Patton. He served in the Normandy, Northern France, Central Europe, Rhineland and Ardennes campaigns. He has decoration and citations for European, African, and Middle Eastern service medals – five battle stars, Sharpshooter Rifle M-1, good conduct medal and WWII Victory Medal.
He loved his family, the outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping, traveling, and getting firewood.
He is survived by his son, George W. Carroll, Jr. of Boardman; his daughters, Maryjane Harris of Reno, Nev., and Shirley L. Carroll of Clackamas; two sisters, Violet Graham and Lois Music, both of Baker City; 9 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, 6? great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife; Shirley L. Carroll; his parents, Hubert L and Lucy J. Carroll; five brothers: Hubert Jr., Pat, Joe, Warren and Omar; five sisters: Daisy Suiter, Bertha Kline, Ada Talley, Pearl McClary and Lillie Ells; a grandson, Pahtriq Gairee Carroll; a granddaughter, Mickey Sue Carroll; and a great-granddaughter, Amanda Laura-Audrey Carroll.
Donations in Mr. Carroll’s memory may be directed to the charity of your choice. This may be done through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, April 27, 2009
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor