County Free Press
July 5, 1945
SAILOR LAD DROWNED
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
July 12, 1945
STIREWALT DROWNED IN
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
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
County Free Press
July 19, 1945
SERVICE MEN CARRY
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