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Pete George Obituary
George, Pete Pete George was born in Dallas, TX in his boyhood home near Exall Park just east of downtown on October 18, 1919. His Greek born parents, Nick and Mercina, owned and ran a restaurant nearby. As a first generation American, Pete enjoyed the pleasures of boyhood of that time in playing baseball, trolley car riding, and 'talking' movies. Attended Crosier Tech until the Depression forced him to abandon school and help out the family. Won over by two U.S. Marines at his Dad's café, Pete entered the Marine Corp in 1939 and soon shipped off to become a China Marine in Shanghai. His unit was evacuated in late '41 as the war loomed and arrived in the Philippines just before the December 7 th Pearl Harbor attack occurred. Fought in the Bataan peninsula and Corregidor island campaigns, was wounded, and captured on May 6, 1942 when Corregidor fell. He served for 3 1/2 years as a prisoner of war in the Philippines and Japan with daily forced labor and hardships. Liberated in August 1945 he returned to the US, married the Love of his life, Juanita McCarthy, and continued his career in the Marine Corps, including service in the Korean War. Medically retired in 1952, Dad returned to Dallas with Juanita to begin civilian life. They settled in Irving, TX in 1952 where they bought a home and raised 9 children. They were long term members of the St Luke's Catholic community, where the children attended school. Pete enjoyed a wide variety of occupations primarily associated with Construction, both residential and commercial. He and his brother-in-law, Ed McCarthy, worked for Companies that built homes in the Dallas area. Pete later moved into commercial ventures with Apartment complexes in Little Rock, AR, 7-11 stores in Missouri, and the Eckerd Corporation Construction division in Texas. Once retired professionally, he and Juanita gave their love and time in working with their daughter Julie and the children at her Day Care center in Carrollton. Pete was active in the local chapter of the Ex-POW club and his cherished annual reunions with his Marine POW comrades. Ultimate retirement centered on their growing brood of grandchildren (23) and great-grandchildren (17) with family events, holidays, and birthdays. His beautiful love, Juanita passed away in 2009 at age 83 which took a heavy toll on his health and outlook. Pete spent his remaining time in retirement communities supported in care by his seven surviving children and their families. Pete passed peacefully on September 8, 2013 at Rosewood Living Center in Flower Mound, TX at the age of 93 years, 10 months, and 21days. Our Family cannot express sufficiently the debt of gratitude we owe to Rosewood personnel who cared for Dad in his last year. He is preceded in death by his wife Juanita and daughters Marianne and Julie Elizabeth. Surviving Pete is his Daughters/Spouse: Patti George, Karen Webb, and Theresa /Brant Finchum; Sons/Spouses: Michael/ Cathy George, Nick/Judy George, John/Wanda George, and David/Alice George. Grandchildren: Brent George, Pete George, Lauren St John, Jennifer Peterson, Sarah Norton, Becca Peterson, Josh Peterson, Ashley Brewer, Veronica Mapp, Samantha Sandell, Deborah Garza, Amy McCollum, Will Webb, Sean George, Kari George, Jada George, Zach Finchum, Jase Finchum, Matt Finchum, Garrett George, Carter George, Lukas George, and Owen George. Great-Grandchildren: Thomas George, Conall George, Nicolle St John, Grayson St John, Natalie Norton, Nathaniel Peterson, Brandon Alvarez, Sofie Brewer, Colby Brewer, Shelby Brewer, Nevaeh Mapp, Tegan Mapp, Sebastian Boyd, Alex Garza, Micah Garza, Justice McCollum, and Jagger McCollum. The Family will hold visitation for Pete on Sunday, September 15, 2013 from 3-5pm at Donnelly's Colonial Funeral Home Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, September 16, 2013 11:00 at St Luke's Catholic Church, Irving, TX. Interment at Dallas-Ft. Worth National Cemetery Monday, September 16, 2013 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers the Family requests consideration of a donation to the St. Luke's School; 1023 Schulze Drive; Irving, TX 75060 972-253-8285 Further information about Pete George and his Brothers-in-Arms available at www.chinamarines.com

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Published in Dallas Morning News from Sept. 14 to Sept. 15, 2013
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