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George I. Briddick

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George I. Briddick Obituary
Briddick, Staff Sgt. George I. US Army (Retired), age 80, of Custer Park, passed away Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the Illinois Veterans Home in Manteno. Born March 10, 1933 in Morris, George was a son of the late William and Mabel Briddick. He was raised and educated in Morris. On March 20, 1950, George entered into service with the US Army. He continued a career, honorably serving in the US Army throughout the Korean Conflict and Vietnam Era. During his 23 tenure George earned the Army Occupational Medal, Korean Service Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, four Purple Heart Medals, one Bronze Star and one Silver Star, as well as various other duty citations, honors and accolades prior to his discharge on October 30, 1973. George was a lifetime member of Wilmington VFW Post 5422 and American Legion Post 191, belonged to Wilmington Moose Lodge 241 and was a member of College Church of the Nazarene in Bourbonnais. George had a love for fishing and enjoyed salmon fishing in Canada. He also was a great Chicago Bears fan and took pleasure in watching westerns on T.V. Survivors include his wife, Diane, whom he married October 6, 2004; one son, David Briddick of San Bernardino, California; stepchildren, Heidemarie (Sam) Murrell and Jody (Leonard) Love, both of Custer Park, Trudy (Greg) Lawrence of Joliet, Corrin (Mark) Bratschi of Charlotte, Michigan and Mitch (Kelly) Rohlfs of Naples, Florida; (13) grandchildren, Natalya Murrell, Sergei Murrell, Kyle (Tina) Rohlfs, Dana (Kevin) Logan, Erik (Lorrie) Toler, Russ (Candi) Toler, Tara Toler (fiancé Nick Mueller), Zack Bratschi (fiancée Caitlyn), Alex Bratschi, Dylan Bratschi, Mitchell Pahlke, August Rohlfs and Andrew Rohlfs; nine great-grandchildren, Laura Rohlfs, Kyle Heywood, Kelsey Heywood, Olivia Toler, Owen Toler, Elijah Toler, Taylor Toler, Morgan Toler and Ryland Toler; one brother, William Briddick of Godley; two nieces and one nephew. George was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation will be Tuesday, November 26th between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 East Kahler Road in Wilmington. Funeral services will follow Wednesday November 27th at 10:00 a.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Deborah Bell officiating. Burial with full military honors provided the Wilmington VFW Honor Guard will be in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood at 11:30 a.m. Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in George's memory to the Wilmington VFW Post 5422, Wilmington American Legion Post 191 or to a veteran's charity of the donor's choosing.

Published in The Herald-News on Nov. 25, 2013
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