George William Lobdell

INTERLOCHEN — George William Lobdell, 88, of Interlochen, died on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at Munson Hospice House in Traverse City. He was born on Sept. 4, 1925, in Bethel, the son of Herbert and Elizabeth (Knouse) Lobdell.

George was a U.S. Army Veteran. He served his country honorably as a combat infantryman and postal clerk during World War II. During his service, George earned several citations and medals, including the Combat Infantry European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, the Good Conduct Medal and the 11th Infantry Victory Medal.

George went on to become a Michigan State Police Trooper. During his 34 years of service, he was stationed at the Reed City, Rockford and South Haven Posts. Upon his retirement in 1982, he had reached the rank of First Lieutenant VII.

George was a member of the Grant United Methodist Church. He was also a lifetime member of the Rockford Masonic Lodge and the Big Rapids Elks.

George is survived by five children, Herb Lobdell, of Interlochen, Daniel R. (Carla) Lobdell, of Strafford, Mo., Sheryl A. (Mike) Wilson, of Howard City, Sally L. (Ken) Rasch, of Lowell, and David L. (Bonnie Opiela) Lobdell, of South Haven; 14 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

George was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine M. Lobdell, on Nov. 25, 1998; and by his parents.

Memorial services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at the Bennett-Barz Funeral Home in Beulah, with Pastor Colleen Wierman officiating. Funeral honors will also be conducted under the auspices of the U.S. Army, the Cherryland VFW Post No. 2780 and the Michigan State Police.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grant United Methodist Church, or to Munson Hospice House. The Bennett-Barz Funeral Home, in Beulah, is in charge of arrangements.