George Earl Jr., 72

George R. Earl Jr., 72, LaFontaine, passed away at 9:01 p.m. on Friday, June 21, at his home. He was born to the late George R. Earl and Germaine (Smet) Dornseif on March 15, 1941 in South Bend.

He graduated from Northside High School in Fort Wayne. George served his country in the United States Army. He married Deirdre Conroy on Oct. 7, 1961; she survives in LaFontaine.  He retired from Thompson of Marion, in 1999. He was a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church.

He is also survived by three daughters, Cheryl (Kenneth) Rockwell, Fort Wayne, Patricia Franklin, South Bend, and Tracy (Brent) Benzinger, Leesburg; three sisters, Juanita (Don) Sarrazin, Fort Wayne, Norma (Jake) Dunton, Noblesville, and Laura (Tom) Swartz, Fort Wayne; five grandchildren, Tanner, Morgan, Austin, Matthew, and Samantha; also several step sisters, step brothers, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Rosie.

A mass memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 29, at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 207 N. Cass Street, Wabash, with Father Sextus Don officiating. Private family burial will be held at a later time.

Preferred memorials are directed to I.U. Health Methodist Hospital Heart Center, 1801 North Senate Boulevard, Indianapolis, IN 46206 or Progressive Cancer Care, 831 N Theatre Road, Marion, IN 46952.

Posted on 2013 Jun 26