George "Dutch" Bagley
George “Dutch” Bagley, 97, of Silt, passed away Oct. 22, 2008.
Dutch was born Nov. 22, 1910, in Leadhill, Ark., to George Chapman and Sarah Leona (Tatum) Bagley. His family moved to Silt when he was a young boy.
Dutch was united in marriage to Esther McPherson in 1932. They had two sons.
During World War II, he worked in Pearl Harbor building underground fuel tanks.
Following this, he worked construction in the Aleutian Islands, Canada and Texas.
Upon his return to Silt, he was employed by Union Carbide until his retirement.
Dutch married Dorothy Peck April 10, 1970. They continued ranching on Silt Mesa for many years.
This wonderful, generous man taught all of us how to live. His life demonstrated his Christian faith by serving the Lord in the First Baptist Church of Garfield County for 60 years. His hard work, integrity, reliability, ethical standards, love for his fellow man, quick wit and sense of humor were appreciated by all who knew him and made our time with him so much fun.
Dutch is survived by his wife Dorothy; sons George (Virginia) Bagley of Silt; Charles (Luella) Bagley of Nampa, Idaho; step-daughters Carol (Russ) Brown of Hemet, Calif. and Diana (Vern) Harris of Sylva, N.C.; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 9 great-great-grandchildren; plus a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his first wife; three brothers; and three sisters.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the First Baptist Church of Garfield County building fund.
A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at the First Baptist Church of Garfield County in Silt. Interment will follow immediately at Rose Hill Cemetery in Rifle.
Rifle Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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