George W. Cheshire, 97, passed away Sept. 9, 2019 in Oklahoma City at the Quail Creek Nursing Home.
He was born May 11, 1922 in Dale County, to Anon F. Cheshire and Camilla Baldwin Cheshire. His family included a sister Elna Cheshire Monk, Luther Cheshire, CMSgt. Lehman Cheshire and Clifton Cheshire.
George grew up in Dale County and finished high school in Midland City. He entered the U.S. Army in February of 1943 and was trained at Camp Barkley, Texas, and Camp Hale, Colo. He served in the 13th Mountain Medical Battalion and trained in New Hampshire as a ski troop. The 13th left Los Angeles, Calif. and went to the South Pacific serving in the China, Burma and Indian theaters. The medical battalion supported Merrill’s Marauders, a legendary special operations jungle warfare unit, as well as the 5332d Brigade (MARS Task Force), the British 36th Division, and the Chinese 22nd Division who fought against the Japanese. The unit’s history can be found at: http://www.cbi-history.com/part_vi_13th_med_bn.html
At the end of World War II, he was ordered to New York City for demobilization and was discharged at Fort Logan, Colo., in December of 1945 as a Medical Technician 5th Grade. He earned the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, the WWII Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
After the war, George attended Bethany Nazarene College, now Southern Nazarene University. He worked 36 years first at the Veterans Administration and then with the Federal Aviation Administration in Oklahoma City.
He is survived by his son, George Kent Cheshire and three stepdaughters, Eldora L. Clements, Nancy L. Williams and Jo Ann Hughart; three nieces, Shirley Cheshire Cantley, Charlotte Cheshire, Diane Cheshire; and three nephews, Danny Monk, Lehman F. Cheshire and Dr. Bryan Cheshire.
George learned to play an electric keyboard (Suzuki Q Chord) by ear and enjoyed entertaining other residents of the nursing home where he resided. He was very popular at the Quail Creek Nursing and Rehab center where he resided for many years. He was a devoted Christian and witnessed to many others.