DIXON – George Edward Staley, 83, of Dixon, passed away Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at SwedishAmerican Hospital in Rockford. After returning home from the Navy, he worked as a cook at the Dixon State School, and in his later years, he worked as a carpenter. George retired from the Illinois Department of Transportation and Sauk Valley College.
George was born Feb. 10, 1930, in Carmi, the son of Stephen Edward and Willie C. (Greer) Staley. He married Wilma G. Edwards on July 27, 1955, in Polo. George served as a seaman in the Navy during the Korean War on board the USS Landing Ship No. 602. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church in Dixon. George was an accomplished carpenter and an avid fisherman.
Survivors include his wife, Wilma G. Staley, two sons, Mark A. (Regina) Staley and Chris L. (Georgia) Staley, and one daughter, Karen S. (Frank) King, all of Dixon; one granddaughter, Rebecca L. King of Roscoe; three grandsons, Michael A. (Christina Plog) Staley of Milledgeville, Mark A. Staley Jr. of Dixon, Tyler M. Staley of Oregon; one stepgrandson, Christopher Jeanblanc of Kyles Ford, Tenn.; and a very special little girl that has a very special place in his heart, Olivia Dauphin of Morrison.
He was preceded in death by his parents;
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon. Visitation also will be at 10 a.m. Thursday and the funeral at 11 a.m. Thursday at Northside Baptist Church in Dixon, with the Rev. Daniel Bentz, pastor, officiating. Burial, with full military graveside honors provided by the Dixon combined veterans organizations, will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Dixon.
A memorial has been established to Ronald McDonald House.
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