YATES CITY - George J. Breckenridge, 84, of Yates City, formerly of Lewistown, passed away at 10:43 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at Graham Hospital Emergency Room in Canton.
He was born May 15, 1928, in Lewistown, the son of George and Jennie (Quigley) Breckenridge. He married Maureen Sue Reinhardt on Jan. 12, 1952, in Paloma, Ill.
She survives with six children, Dave (Loni) Breckenridge of Buffalo, Minn., Steve Breckenridge of Farmington, Joe (Becky) Breckenridge of Yates City, Sue (Kurt) Butterfield of Morton, Jim Breckenridge of Kewanee and Jack Breckenridge of Yates City; five grandchildren, Ben (Gina) Butterfield of St. Louis, Mo., Becca Butterfield of Morton, Michelle Breckenridge of Wyoming, Ill., Mark Breckenridge of Wyoming, Ill., and Robert Breckenridge of Buffalo, Minn.; three sisters, Dorothy Jones of Lewistown, Jean Scott of Lewistown and Mary Hatch of Kennebunk, Maine; and four nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.
George graduated from Lewistown High School in 1946. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Army and served in Japan and Korea with the 2nd Infantry Division. He was a recipient of a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars.
He attended Bradley University and Western Illinois University and had also attended banking schools in Carbondale, Ill., and Madison, Wis.
He began his career in banking in 1952 at the Lewistown National Bank. In 1954, he began working for the Bank of Yates City and continued his career there for more than 55 years before retiring.
He was a member of the Faith United Presbyterian Church in Yates City, the Antique Automobile Club of America, and had also been a volunteer fireman for the Yates City Fire Department.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, at Faith United Presbyterian Church, where visitation will be held two hours prior to services. Pastor Chris Deacon and Pastor Dennis Fitzgerald will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery at Lewistown, with military rites conducted by Lewistown VFW Post 5001 and American Legion Bishop Post 1.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Faith United Presbyterian Church or the Elba Salem Fire Department.
Condolences may be made at www.henrylange.com.
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