Idaho County Free Press

Thursday, July 5, 1945




  Word was received here Tuesday that George E. Stirewalt, 24, a navy radar man, formerly of Idaho county was drowned Monday in Lake Garrett, near Seattle, when he apparently was seized with cramps while swimming.  He was visiting at the home of his brother Howard, formerly of Grangeville, when the tragedy occurred.

  No details have been received here, but his mother, Mrs. Delsa Starwalt, Harpster, has requested that the body be brought here for burial and arrangements are awaiting word from the Navy department and her son in Seattle.

  George E. Starwalt was born in Arlington, Washington, June 7, 1921.  He lived with his mother at Harpster where he received his schooling.  He entered the Civilian Conservation Corps and was employed by them for some time, afterward joining the Navy, in which he had been four and one-half years.  Starwalt was home last April on leave and had since been taking specialized training in radar work.  He had served aboard ship in numerous fields.

  Survivors include his mother, Delsa Stirewalt, Harpster; father, William Starwalt, White Bird; one sister, Mrs. Elsie Nedrow, Grangeville; four brothers, Howard, Seattle; Earl and William of the Salmon river district, and Johnny of Bremerton, Washington.


 Idaho County Free Press

Thursday, July 12, 1945




  Funeral services for George E. Stirewalt, RDM2/c, who drowned in Lake Garrett near Seattle on July 1, will be held in the Hancock Chapel in Grangeville at 2 p.m. Friday, July 13.  Rev. John Rice will officiate at the services and burial in Prairie View cemetery will be in charge of Co. B, 5th Infantry, Idaho State Guard, with full military honors.  The body is due to arrived here today from Seattle.

  At first burial was to take place in Seattle, near the home of a brother, Howard Stirewalt, at whose place George was visiting when he met his tragic death.  Upon the request of the mother, Mrs. Delsa Stirewalt, it was decided to bring the body to Idaho for burial.


Idaho County Free Press

Thursday, July 19, 1945



  Pallbearers for the services of George Edward Stirewalt, REM 2/c, here Friday afternoon, July 13, who drowned in Lake Garrett on July 1, were all personnel of WWII as follows: Pvt. Wesley O. Harris, U.S.M.C.; Arthur W. Johnson, HA 1/c, Navy, who had accompanied the body here as military escort; James R. Gentry, RM 2/c; Cpl. Jay Dye. A.A.F.; Sgt. Glenn H. Carpenter; J.C. Gordon, S 2/c.

  Rev. John Rice, chaplain of American Legion Post No. 37, officiated at the services at Hancock Chapel and burial was in Prairie View cemetery.  Military honors were furnished by a firing squad from Co. B, 5th Infantry, Idaho State Guard.  Music at the services was furnished by Mrs. John Lukens and Mrs. William Foster.

Submitted by Chris Cornett



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