GEORGE UTLEY(1916 - 2013)

GEORGE SHELDON UTLEY April 15, 1916 ~ December 1, 2013 George S. Utley passed away December 1st at the Red Bluff Care Center. He was 97 years of age. Born in Waupaca Wisconsin in 1916 to Frank S. Utley and Maude Armenia (Hall) Utley. George's early years spent with his family in Wisconsin and Montana. In 1929 George and his family moved to Oregon settling in Lebanon. George attended grade and high school at Lebanon, excelling at sports especially football. George was a member of the 1932 state championship football team. He also earned the Reed Dark award for sportsmanship. After graduation George attended Willamette University on a football scholarship. In 1938 George joined the US Army and played Regimental football until World War 2 began. George served in Europe and was a participant in the Normandy invasion rising to the rank of Captain. After the war George returned to Oregon and became a Oregon State policeman and later was Chief of Police at Independence Oregon. In 1968 George moved to Red Bluff and worked for several Auto dealerships until retirement. George loved Red Bluff and had many friends and loved ones in the area. Survivors include his children Barbara Kerr of Harker Heights, Texas, Virginia Utley of North Palm Beach Florida, Tom Utley of Ellijay Georgia, David Shumway of Woodbum, Oregon. Nephew Daren Utley of Lebanon, Oregon and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Preceding him in death include a daughter Beverly and brothers Troy and Lee. The family requests no flowers or memorial donations. A private family memorial service will be held in Oregon at later date.

Published in Daily News on Dec. 6, 2013