GLENDIVE — George Brilz, age 93, of Glendive, passed away on Sunday, March 23, 2014, at Eastern Montana Veterans Home in Glendive. Visitation will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 28, at Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home in Glendive. A Rosary Service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, March 28, in the Chapel of Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home in Glendive. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 29, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Glendive with Father Frances Schreiber officiating. Rite of Committal with military honors will be held in the Dawson County Cemetery in Glendive. Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home of Glendive has been entrusted with the arrangements.
George was born on March 3, 1921, in Judson, N.D., the son of Nickodemus and Albertina (Emineth) Brilz. He was raised and educated in North Dakota attending rural schools. George was unable to finish school, as he was needed on the family farm where he worked until the age of 21. He was drafted into the United States Army in September of 1942 where he served with the 94th Infantry Division. George was deployed via the Queen Elizabeth with 12,000 men on board, landing in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1943. He was then sent to England, France, Italy and Germany until the war ended in April of 1945. George remained in France on guard duty at the hospital until December of 1945 when he was honorably discharged.
George then returned home to North Dakota and began working in construction. He met and later married Rose Agnes Barth in September of 1947. He began working on the railroad in Mandan, N.D., and later transferred to Glendive in 1957. To this marriage, seven boys were born: Allan, Bob, Rod, Jim, Bill, Gary and Rick.
George later married Annamay Cook on June 27, 1974. With this marriage, George received two stepsons, Richard and the late Don Cook, and two step-daughters, Pat (Jim) Sorter and Rita Nelson. Ann preceded George in death in 2002.
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George continued work at the railroad until his retirement in 1981 at the age of 60. He loved to garden, dance, enjoyed daily walks and watching baseball. He was an independent, proud man, known for his amazing memory, twinkle in his eye and his teasing ways. George was a member of the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ann; his son, Gary; his granddaughter, Michayla; and his sisters, Isabelle and Catherine.
Survivors include his children, Allan (Pet) Brilz of Billings, Bob (Midge) Brilz of Glendive, Rod (Candice) Brilz of Missoula, Mont., Jim (Tina) Brilz of Billings, Bill (Brenda) Brilz of Lolo, Mont., and Rick (Cheryl) Brilz of Lolo; brother, Leonard (Bonnie) Brilz of Bismarck, N.D.; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.silvernale-silhafuneralhome.com.