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George Harrison Carrigan
June 22, 1923 ~ January 25, 2024 (age 100) 100 Years Old
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GEORGE HARRISON CARRIGAN went home to be with The Lord on January 25, 2024. He had been ill one week. He was one hundred years, seven months and three days old.
George was born on June 22, 1923 in Lawshe, Ohio in Adams County to the late Wiley Harrison and Addie Vincent Carrigan.
George attended school in Seaman, Ohio and worked on the family farm. On February 1, 1943, George enlisted in the United States Army in Fort Thomas, Kentucky. On October 8, 1943 he was deported by ship to Scotland out of New York Port Embarkation. He arrived October 12, 1943 for active-duty World War II European Front. He was Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, and all of Central Europe. He left Europe on December 24, 1945 out of Le Havre, France coming home on the S.S. Argentina to the New York Port of Embarkation. He arrived on January 1, 1946. He was honorably discharged January 5, 1946 with the following medals: Good Conduct Medal, Meritorious Unit Award, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, five Bronze Stars and a WWII Victory Medal.
George’s first time to fly on a plane was when he was privileged to be a member of the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. His niece, Chris Rakyta, arranged this trip for him and accompanied him on the ride. He was ninety-seven years old and flew first class. George was the last living World War II Veteran in Fayette County.
After his honorable discharge, he returned to Ohio and began a position with the Railroad…a job he loved, working with trains.
On January 18, 1949, he married Loueva B. Bick in Winchester, Ohio. Shortly after their marriage, they moved to Washington Court House, Ohio. They were married for sixty-nine years, she preceded him in death in 2018.
Upon moving to this area, George obtained a position with Colonial Staircase in Jeffersonville, Ohio and worked there until his retirement.
George was a member of the Gregg Street Church of Christ in Christian Union and later Heritage Memorial Church. George loved The Lord and faithfully read his Bible each day. He had a kind spirit, a little smile, and a laugh that everyone will remember.
George was the first born of five children. His parents, brothers, Ronnie and Bruce and his sister, Helen Carrigan Shoemaker preceded him in death, He is survived by his youngest sister, Nellie Carrigan Williamson of Hillsboro, Ohio and her daughter, his niece, Chris (Ivan) Rakyta. He is also survived by his brother in-law, Marvin (Barbara) Bick, and his sister’s in-law, Velma Forsythe and Janet Bick; his nieces and nephews, Leonard (Barb) Bick, Marlin Bick, Dennis (Kim) Bick, Marva (Larry) Fleak, Trish (Steve) Short, Sam Forsythe and special nieces, Linda Melton, Belinda Wilson, Beth (Ryan) Day, and Alana (Tim) Walters.
The funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. at Heritage Church on Friday, February 2, 2024 with Joy Stanforth officiating. Military Rites will be accorded at the Church following the service by the Fayette County Honor Guard. Burial will follow at the Highlawn Cemetery. Family and friends may visit at the Church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Summers Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to www.summersfuneralhome.com