George Ernest Thibodeau, 86, of Las Cruces passed away Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 at Mountain View Regional Medical Center. He was born April 11, 1926 in Salem, Mass. George served his country honorably in the Armed Forces, attaining the rank of Lt. Col., with service during World War II
and the Korean conflict
. He retired as an educator, serving as assistant principal at Alameda Junior High, and was an active member of the Sunrise Lions Club and the VFW
. George was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who enjoyed cooking and taking walks. Left to mourn his passing is his wife, Mary Anne of the family home; two daughters, Yvette Peticolas (Bob) of Las Cruces and George Anne Thibodeau (James C. Bednarz) of Plano, Texas, as well as three grandchildren, Thomas Lyannas, Erin Campbell and Joshua Bednarz. At his request, cremation will take place and inurnment of cremains will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 5140 W. Picacho Ave. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Las Cruces Sunrise Lions Club, P.O. Box 6686, Las Cruces, NM 88006. Service arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels and Sunset Crematory of Las Cruces, 300 E. Boutz Road, Las Cruces, NM 88005. Exclusive providers for "Veterans and Family Memorial Care." For online condolences, log on to www.bacasfuneralchapelslascruces.com.