George Corrick

George Winfield Corrick

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Local luminary George Winfield Corrick passed away December 31st, 2015. George is survived by his loving spouse, Frances; son, Joe; stepson, Nathaniel Duer (Lori); stepdaughter, Amelia Chapman (Scott); and sister, Marcene De Witt (Waldo). George was born, raised, and raised his own family at the Corrick Ranch on Los Alamos Road. It was a place he dearly loved, and despite every kind of hardship he persevered and made it a beautiful home. George served in the Navy during the Vietnam War as a Gunners’ Mate (Guns) Third Class. He was stationed on the USS Brinkley Bass, the USS Proteus, and served most notably as a forward gunner in River Division 512. He served honorably and to the day of his death maintained the respect and comradery of the men with whom he served. Following his time in the service he met and fell in love with his to be wife Frances. Accounts of their courtship vary. His stepson Nathaniel remembers their courtship as being two-weeks, Fran remembers it being five years. Soon George and Fran had a son, Joseph. George and Fran spent the next 30 plus years together at the Ranch until they used their combined savings to move into Santa Rosa proper. George was a man of deep convictions. Ever the standup guy he had a strong sense of truth, loyalty, and honesty. He was also a man of great emotion, sometimes boiling and sometimes as cool as can be. George could soothe a crying grand kid, bottle feed an orphan raccoon (her name was Florence), hand feed wild birds, or convince his son Joe that driving too fast wasn’t going to impress girls. He loved playing golf, hunting, telling stories, and barbecuing in the shade with his basset hound. Those that knew Geo best will miss his good humor; whether it was scaring his wife with a rubber mask, telling his son’s girlfriend embarrassing stories during the holidays, or throwing a one-liner from the back of the room he was always ready to laugh. His strength and presence will leave a void in all our lives that can never be filled. Nor should they be. Military Services will take place at the Franklin Park Cemetery on February 20th at 9:30 a.m. followed by a reception at the Santa Rosa Bible Church at11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Redwood Gospel Mission Santa Rosa, CA.
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