George Lake (1924 - 2014)

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George Henry Lake
Aug 21, 1924 - Aug 11, 2014
George Henry Lake was born on August 21, 1924 in Dallas, Texas to Rosabelle and George Lake. He had three brothers, Milburn, Marvin, and Robert. George moved to California as a young boy and graduated from Ceres High School in 1942. He served in the US Army from 1943-46 where he received the Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Pacific Campaign Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with Bronze Star, and American Campaign Medal. After the war, George met the love of his life, Edith Mikkelson, with whom he was married 66 wonderful years until the time of her death in December of last year. The two of them wanted many children, but were only blessed with one baby girl, Janice Lake, in 1948. George was a hard worker and family man. He spent much of his early life either working or gathering with brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews of the Lake and Mikkelson families. He and his family lived on Colorado Avenue in Turlock until George and Edith moved to Ceres, Ca in 1977. George and Edith had two grandchildren, Rebecca and Eric Crane, who spent many weekends baking cookies with Edith and eating cookies with George. He was the kind of grandfather who would cuddle with his grandchildren and tell them funny stories, or take them camping and fishing in the summer. At the same time, he could always be relied upon as a source of comfort, support, wisdom and inspiration. When George retired from the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department in 1985 he and Edith spent the bulk of their retirement enjoying each others company as they traveled around the US and Canada. George and Edith had a special destination in Oregon, where they spent much of their summers. George was a man of honor and reliability, who always encouraged honesty, truthfulness, and love. He was a strong man with a kind and gentle soul. George was survived by his daughter, Janice Lake of Denair, granddaughter, Rebecca Crane of Ceres, grandson, Eric Crane of Modesto, great-grandchildren Briann, Christian, and Daylynn, brother and sister-in-law, Marvin and Ruth Lake, and over 50 nieces and nephews. He will always be held in loving memory and with the highest regard by his family and friends. He has left an indelible mark on all of us. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, September 25th at 10am. Lakewood Memorial Park 900 Santa Fe Ave. Hughson, Ca. 95326                                                               In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to ( or the Alzheimer's Foundation (

Published in the Modesto Bee on Aug. 31, 2014
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