George W. Cartwright, 98, died Saturday, May 29, 2010 at the Schleicher County Nursing Home in Eldorado. Visitation at Kerbow Funeral Home was Wednesday morning 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. The funeral service was held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 2 at Mertzon Highway Church of Christ in Eldorado; burial was at the Eldorado Cemetery immediately following the funeral. A lunch will be served at the church after burial.
George was born February 22, 1912 in Allen County, Ind., to Joseph L. and Elizabeth Letzing Cartwright. He grew up in Fort Wayne and on a farm in Steuben County, Ind. A fourth-generation Indiana farmer, George operated and expanded his family’s farm for nine years following high school. After both his parents died he disposed of the farm and entered Butler University, Indianapolis graduating cum laude with a B.A. in religion in 1941. He studied at Butler Graduate School of Religion (now Christian Theological Seminary). He was an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He entered the U.S. Army Air Corps chaplaincy in 1942.
George married Leola Josephine Sauer of Eldorado March 31, 1944 at Goodfellow Field where he was stationed as a chaplain. Leola died in 1962. They had three children, Janet Cartwright Choudhry of Moline, Ill., Jonathan Cartwright of Eldorado and Patricia Cartwright Temple of Norfolk, Neb. He married Patricia Canada in 1964; they divorced in 1994.
He was a World War II veteran serving from 1943-1946 as a chaplain in the Pacific, stationed in the Philippines, Biak, China and Japan. He continued military service in the Army Reserves for 30 years.
George was a talented public speaker, author, devoted pastor and college professor. He earned a Ph.D. in speech from the University of Illinois in 1951, the first such degree awarded there. He served pastorates in Illinois, Arkansas, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Missouri. He was a professor of speech and religion at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri from 1965 to 1974.
He loved the game of baseball and played the game in his early years. He organized many adult leagues, coached Little League, and was a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan.
His parents, an infant sister, Ruth Elizabeth Cartwright, and his wife Leola preceded George in death. He is survived by his three children; sons-in-law Ray Choudhry and Dennis Temple; grandchildren Susan Choudhry, Jeff Choudhry, Joanna Wiese, Melissa Temple, Julia Temple, Stephen Temple, Benjamin Temple, Erica Temple; sisters-in-law Bertha Lux, Gertrude Perkins, Irene Reynolds, Mary Lee Sauer, Winnie Sauer and Louella Sauer; brothers-in-law William Sauer, Clyde Perkins and B.J. Reynolds; numerous nieces and nephews and a cousin Lavon Gudkese, Indianapolis, Ind.
Memorials may be made to Schleicher County Public Library, Eldorado or to a favorite charity.
George’s family wishes to extend a special thank you to Annie Arispe, Dr. Jacqueline Jeffrey and the entire staff of the Schleicher County Nursing Home for their compassionate care over the last five years.