George W. Studebaker
June 20, 2006
BOWIE TX - George W. Studebaker, 83, a World War II veteran and retiree of Southwestern Bell Telephone, passed away on Sunday, June 18, 2006 at a hospital in Wichita Falls TX due to complications of a stroke.
Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Mount Olivet Chapel. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mount Olivet Funeral Home.
George W. Studebaker was born on Jan. 25, 1923, in the Pleasant Ridge community southeast of Bowie in Montague County, Texas. He was the second child of George Blaine Studebaker and Ethel Percilla Kidd Studebaker who preceded him in death. Also deceased are one sister, Adaline Myers and older brother, Herbert Studebaker. George descends from the immigrant Peter Stutenbecker who arrived with two brothers and a sister to America in 1736 from Germany. The Stutenbecker Blacksmith Shop was soon a successful business with the motto: "Always give more than you promise" - a motto that was still in use over 200 years later. They designed and built farm wagons and implements. Descendants later built covered wagons used by thousands of settlers who moved West in the 1800s, and their descendants later formed the Studebaker Automobile Corporation. George spent his youth on the family farm, graduated from Bowie High School then proudly served our country in World War II. He entered the U.S. Navy on Dec. 1, 1943, serving as a Seaman aboard the L.S.D. Epping Forest and served in the Pacific theater under Admiral Nimitz. He saw action at Guadal Canal, New Hebrides Islands, Leyte Philippines, Okinawa, Guam and Pelalu. He was also at New Guinea, Pearl Harbor and the Solomon Islands crossing the equator 22 times during his service. George was discharged on Christmas Day, 1945 returning home to the family farm. On June 14, 1947, George married Laverne Earp of Park Springs, Texas. He worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in Fort Worth over 36 years. George was a farmer at heart. About ten years before he retired, they bought a 220 acre farm west of Bowie in Clay County TX and moved there when he and Laverne retired in 1983. They lived there 15 years, then sold it and moved to Bowie where they resided at the time of his death. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Bowie TX. Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Laverne Earp Studebaker of Bowie; daughter, Sharron Spencer and husband, Jerry of Grapevine; brother, Cecil Studebaker of Raymond, Neb.; numerous nieces and nephews.