George Thomas Elias, Jr.
Born: Mar 07, 1933
Died: Dec 10, 2014
On a beautiful sun shiny morning, George T. Elias, Jr. was called to heaven on April 10, 2015 in Chinook. On many an occasion he told his family, “It is between me and God when I go to heaven”. Although he will be greatly missed, it gives us all a great sense of peace to know that our father, grandfather, and uncle is pain free as he now rides through the fields of heaven - once again the rough, tough, singing cowboy we all loved and admired.
George was born March 7, 1933 to George and Mary Elias. He grew up in the “north county” with his six siblings, Mary, John, Anna, Josephine, Aggie, and Helen. He learned to prosper from the land at an early age and continued to do so until he retired.
We are proud to say that he served his country enlisting in the Army from 1952 to 1955. Following his discharge from the Army he married Connie Hood on October 1, 1955. They had two daughters, Terry and Tammie. His girls were his pride and joy. Many a day was spent working side by side with their dad on the farm. He not only taught them how to drive a tractor, he also taught them a work ethic that became deep engrained in them. The girls learned many a thing by watching their dad, not just work, but just how he was – a little bit John Wayne and a little bit Johnny Cash. Always determined, never giving up. He was a man of strong character, and one never had to guess what was on his mind. Most of the time this was a good thing, sometimes not so much. It is a joyous thing to look back on how he was and see those traits and characteristics in not only his children, but his grandchildren, Kirk, Aubrey, Kevin and Rebecca. George was a multi-talented man. Throughout the years he worked at the Milk River Elevator, Diamond Asphalt Refinery, various oil rigs, was an avid carpenter and the ditch rider for North Chinook Irrigation for several years. These were all this second jobs to his first commitment to the family farm.
In his early years he gave a darn good punch in the boxing ring, placing runner –up in the State Golden Glove tournament. George was an avid bowler and pool player. He was a member of the Eagles Club both in Havre and Chinook, serving as President in Chinook from 1989 to 1990 along with helping remodel of the new Eagles Club. George lived in Alaska from 1990 to 2000 working on Cold Bay and the Kenai Peninsula. During this time he made many memories with his Alaska nieces and nephews. George was gifted with the ability to sing and play the guitar with the best of them. All of us were blessed with the opportunity to listen to the magic in his voice and watch his fingers make that guitar talk. He always played in a band entertaining the community on Saturday night and in his later years played for birthdays and special occasions at the Grande Villa.
It would be fair to say George was among the last of the “true” cowboys. He broke and trained his horse Ringo to be one heck of a cow horse. The two of them made a great team. George was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, along with his daughter Tammie Morgan. He is survived by his daughter Terry, grandchildren Kirk, Aubrey, Kevin and Rebecca and great grandchildren Ryan, Beau, Alexis and Ayden and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend our love and appreciation to Mike and Heather for all the help and love they extended their Uncle George throughout the years.
Memorials may be made to the Blaine 1 Ambulance and the Sweet Memorial Nursing Home. Funeral Home in Chinook. Arrangements have been made with Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.