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George Kenneth Denison
(May 7, 1921 - February 10, 2013)

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George Kenneth Denison

U.S. Veteran

George Denison, a veteran of both WW II and the Korean War, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours Sunday, February 10th, 2013. His son Kenneth Cardenas and granddaughter Bonnie Wegter Gale were present. He was 91. Born in 1921 in the city of Forrestville,CA. George learned at an early age the values of frugality, hard work, and patriotism. Drafted to serve in WW II, George was assigned to the 376th Harborcraft Co. to work on a tugboat. Awarded the Soldiers Medal for an act of valor during high seas and a severe storm, his heroism helped save the lives of his fellow crewmen. He formed strong bonds with his crew and enjoyed reuniting with them many times over the years. After an honorable discharge from the war, he stayed on working in the naval shipyards and learned many of the building trades he would use throughout his life. He spent his career as a contractor, carpenter, and even chose to build four of the homes he lived in during his life. His largest projects, however, involved building more than one massive water treatment plant. His country would again call upon him during the Korean War. This time, he was tasked with training the soldiers who would do what he did in World War II. Never one to shirk his duty, George was proud to serve. As a husband and father, George had two children Kenneth Cardenas and Diana Denison and two stepchildren Duayne and Donald Brown. Later, he also voluntarily raised two of his grandchildren. Throughout it all, he strove to live the same values that his mother and father instilled in him. He is survived by three children, six grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Many of whom have commented that George’s best feature was the sparkle in his eyes and his winning smile. He loved to share his sense of humor. Very fond of gardening, George bought property on a hill so that he could enjoy the view. Growing up, he helped his father work in orchards and George chose to plant several fruit trees and vegetables on his new property. He built this home, but continued to spend some of his time caring for his sister Esther in San Francisco. In 1991, George married “the love of his life,” Katherine. Both had been married before, which meant that there were grandchildren and great grandchildren who got to know each other. Holiday gatherings were a joyous time at the Denison home. He loved each day of their 14 years together. Katherine passed away in 2005. Another one of his great joys occurred when his niece Grace moved to Sutter Creek and chose to live near him. Both have fond memories of a shared childhood and reminisced often together. A resident of Sutter Creek for 23 years, George was a member of the First Baptist Church and enjoyed the opportunity to assist in their building and parking lot remodel. He first joined the church with his wife Katherine, and both were baptized members. A funeral service was held Wednesday, February 13th at Daneri Mortuary Chapel in Jackson. Interment was in the Garden of Valor at Sunset View Cemetery in Jackson. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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