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George A. Comeau

Published on -1/2/2013, 2:19 PM

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George A. Comeau, 97, Sandpoint, Idaho, died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012.

He was born April 27, 1915, in Clyde.

As a member of a farm family, he learned the value of hard work early in life. He only had the opportunity for an eighth-grade education, having to work on the farm. When Kansas was hit by depression and the Dust Bowl, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps, becoming a cook and mess sergeant in a camp in the Minnesota north woods. The cooking and food management experience led to a career in the restaurant business.

He married Lucille Brooks in 1939. She preceded him in death in 1999.  

He joined the migration to California in 1937. After the start of World War II, he worked in the Kaiser shipyards in Oakland as a welder in the construction of Liberty Ships. Following the war, the family settled in Salinas, Calif., where he opened a restaurant he operated for 10 years. After that, he opened a car washing business.

Survivors include three children; a sister, Rose Karlin, Hays; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Memorials are suggested to Bonner County Food Center and Bonner Partners in Care, both of Sandpoint.  

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