George H. Staley (97) of Newton


Published on August 27 2012 11:44 am

George H. Staley, 97, of Newton died at 3:40am Monday, August 27, 2012 at Newton Rest Haven in Newton.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM- Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at the Blake-Buchanan in Newton, IL with Ron Mulvey officiating. Burial will be in the Chapel Cemetery near Falmouth with full military rites by the Jasper Post #20 American Legion. Visitation will be held 1 before the service. The obituary can be viewed and condolences left at

George Harold Staley was born on February 17, 1915 in Jasper County, Illinois. He was one of 12 children born to George Benjamin and Belle Z. (Stone) Staley. He married Elsie Lancaster on May 5, 1941 and she preceded him in death on August 17, 1984. Life brought many experiences George’s way. He was an Army Veteran of World War II where he was severely wounded when a bomb exploded close to him, injuring his legs. He was awarded the Purple Heart. He worked as a fireman on a steam engine for the EJ&E railroad, was a laborer at the Gary Steel Mill and worked part time as a meat cutter. He and his wife also owned and operated a grocery store and mobile home park for several years. George loved hunting, fishing and showing his trophy winning Wire-haired Griffon dogs. George also volunteered his time through the 4-H Program. Upon retirement, he started gardening and raising turkeys and cattle while living in Wheeler, Indiana. He was a member of the Jasper Post #20 American Legion and the Church of Christ.

George is survived by a sister, Iva Heady of Newton, IL and several nieces and nephews.

George is preceded in death by his parents, wife, 6 sisters Daisy Boxley, Sylvia Kibler, Goldie Short, Marie Myers, Lois Yates and Bernadine Woodard and 4 brothers Hal, Merl, Bernard and Fred Staley.