Carothers, George William (January 15, 1909 - August 10, 1988)

George William Carothers

Douglas Budget - August 17, 1988

Funeral services for George William Carothers, 79, were held Aug. 13 at the Congregational United Church of Christ with Dr. Robert Swinea officiating. Jim Willox served as the eulogist. Interment was in the Douglas Park Cemetery.

Mr. Carothers died Aug. 10 at the Converse County Memorial Hospital in Douglas following a short illness.

He was born Jan. 15, 1909 in Douglas to Matthew and Blanche (George) Carothers. He was reared and educated in rural schools near the family ranch and in the Douglas school system. He then returned to the family ranch on Wagonhound Creek and ranched with his father and brother.

He and his brother, Bud, following their father's death in 1938, continued to operate the family ranch. In 1965 George bought Bud's interest in the ranch and ran the ranch until 1973, when he sold it to Eugene and Esther Wollen. He moved into Douglas where he resided until the time of his death.

He was married to Maxine Stone on May 28, 1939 in Mitchell, Neb., and she died on Sept. 8, 1980. He then married Mary Metcalf on May 4, 1985 in Douglas. He was a member of the Moose Lodge, Congregational United Church of Christ and Wyoming Pioneer Association.

He is survived by his wife Mary of Douglas; one brother, Matthew Douglas Carothers of Douglas; sister, Margaret Anderson of Guernsey; step-son Lawrence Mueller of Sheridan; step-daughters, Kathryn Gosnell of Riverton and Babett Merchant of Greenfield, N.H.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife; and one brother, Bud Carothers.

Serving as pallbearers were Lloyd Nunn, Jim Fitzhugh, George Falkenburg, Jerry Wills, Jim Willox and Gerald Hoffman.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were Orville Nicholls, George Wills, Mel Jeffrey, Buz Philbrick, Frank Long, Ed Sorbon, Harry Johnston, Harold Link, Paul McClure, Earl Shatto and Dr. William Hinrichs.

A memorial to the Congregational United Church of Christ would be appreciated by the family.

The Converse Funeral Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.


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