George L. Petitt, Sr., 85, of Eldorado, was born April 23, 1928 in Macbeth, West "By God" Virginia.
George passed away peacefully at 12:50 a.m. Saturday May 25, 2013.
He was preceded in death by his parents Crell and Pearl Marie (Oberhausen) Petitt of Eldorado; brother, Richard Petitt; brother-n-law, Rufus Baker; his sister, Amy (Petitt) Baker; father and mother-n-law, A.C. and Vada (Rice) Philliips of Trotwood; and granddaughter, Lena Mariah Rose McCollough of Niceville, Florida.
He married Rose Marie (Phillips) on Dec. 31, 1979 in Ardmore, Oklahoma. He is also survived by his children George L. Jr. and Melinda Petitt of Florence, Kentucky; Carol Milnes and family of Phoenix, Arizona; William Howard and Vada Marie (Campbell) McCollough of Fort Worth, Texas; Governor F. "Buddy" and Renee Campbell and family of Dayton; Colina Mickie and Carrie Beth (McDaniel) McBride of Ft. Worth, Texas; Nathan and Angie McBride (currently deployed in Kandahar, Afghanistan with the Army National Guard) of New Carlisle; 16 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his chihuahua Molly Belle, who he loved and cared for dearly for 8 years.
George graduated in May 1946 from Logan High School of Logan, West Virginia. Upon his graduation on May 28, 1946 at the age of 18, he joined the United States Marine Corps, later to be honorably discharged in 1947 as World War II ended. He served on the USS Portsmouth from Nov. 22 to Aug. 21, 1947. He received a Medal of Good Conduct for his service to his country. George was a lifetime member of AMVETS of Eldorado; American Legion of West Manchester, and VFW of Greenville. George retired twice after serving in the military as a Marine, once from Chrysler Airtemp in Dayton, after 27 years, then onto retiring for the second time from General Dynamics/Lockheed Martin after 20 years. Upon his final retirement he and his wife relocated back to Eldorado.
George generously donated his body to Wright State University School of Science. Interment will be in Rockafield Cemetery in Dayton. A memorial service was held Tuesday, June 25, at the Greenbriar Nursing Home, Eaton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Hospice Ohio, 3077 Kettering Blvd., Suite 210, Moraine, OH 45439. Barnes Funeral Homes of Eaton, is assisted the family. Condolences may be sent to the family via the website at www.barnesfuneralhome.com.