George Cloyd Dupree
Feb. 25, 1919-March 13, 2014
GOSHEN — George Cloyd Dupree, 95, formerly of Bristol and Middlebury, passed away Thursday surrounded by family and his companion.
He was born Feb. 25, 1919, in Trafalgar, to John William and Jennie (Sledge) Dupree.
On June 29, 1958, he married Nora (Brandenberger) Dupree. She died March 30, 2000.
He is survived by his daughter, Deanna (William Collins) Dupree Klosinski, Petoskey, Mich.; son, Terry (Grace) Carling-Kelly, Dubuque, Iowa; sister, Ruby Jones, North Vernon; grandchildren, Elizabeth (Mark Banninger) Klosinski, John Klosinski, Robert (Nicole) Klosinski and Lara (Greg McMillian) Klosinski; great-grandchildren, Stephanie Klosinski, Dylan Klosinski, Rylee Klosinski and Taryn Klosinski; his companion, Virginia Miller of Goshen; two sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Linda; siblings, Opal, Louis, Mabel, William, Bertha, Alma, Henry, Virgil, Margaret, Allen and Ralph; and Deanna and Terry’s mother, Gertrude (Todd) Dupree.
George was a World War II veteran who served in the Navy. He worked at Bendix, South Bend, as a mechanic, and at the First National Bank, Goshen, as a courier. He was a member of Brenneman Memorial Missionary Church, Goshen, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 985, American Legion Post 30, Disabled American Veterans and Bendix Union Local No. 9. He was an American Red Cross blood donor for 60 years, volunteered as a Red Coat for 3,082 hours at IU Health Goshen Hospital and at the Greencroft Rehabilitation Center for 20 years.
George loved fixing machines and motors in his workshop and gardening, especially his beautiful roses and strawberries. He also loved traveling in his Holiday Rambler to Florida, northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula and the North Channel, Ontario, and trips to Hawaii, Alaska, Iowa, and, most recently, by train to Missouri, California and Oregon.
Visitation will be Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home, 311 S. Main St. Goshen, with a service following at 3 p.m. The Rev. Harold Knight of Brenneman Memorial Missionary Church will officiate.
Burial will be at Clinton Union Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to VFW National Home for Children, 3573 S. Waverly Road, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be left at www.rrefh.com.