George “Whip” Whipple

George “Whip” Whipple, 89, Mohall, formerly of Mesa, Ariz., died Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in a Minot hospital. George A. “Whip” Whipple was born Jan. 21, 1925, the son of Arthur and Helen (Guinan) Whipple, in Bluefield, W.Va. He was raised and educated in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Whip enlisted in the Army in January 1943. As a World War II veteran, he landed at Omaha Beach and was awarded two Purple Hearts. In January 1946, he out-processed from the Army in the Chicago area and married Margaret Emmrich.

They moved to the San Francisco Bay area in the early 1960s, where George worked two jobs. He acquired a taxi license and drove his cab for more than 30 years, and was a bartender as well. After retiring and moving to Mesa, his wife, Margaret, died on Dec. 31, 2001, of liver cancer. George later moved to Berthold, in 2003, to be near his daughter, Sandi.

George himself was a cancer survivor. He survived prostate cancer in 1995 and throat cancer in 1999.

Macular degeneration took his eyesight and George moved to the Kenmare Basic Care facility in 2005. He enjoyed playing the trivia machine at Beer Bob’s in Kenmare and no one could come even close to his top score of over “98 million.” He relocated to Good Samaritan Mohall in 2007, where he was more than happy due to the excellent care that facility provides.

George was an avid reader and read four or five books a week. He wasn’t fond of fiction, but enjoyed mostly history and was well read on the history of almost every country in the world. When he lost eyesight he continued to read from books on tape furnished by the State of North Dakota.

George’s children are: Sandi Whipple, of Berthold, and Richard Whipple, who resides in Wyoming.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; wife, Margaret; and son, Gerald, who died in Iran in January 1979.

George Whipple’s adamant request is to have no service of any kind.

His wishes were to be cremated and buried next to his wife, Margaret, at Mariposa Gardens in Mesa.