On May 6, 2013, our Lord called George Clinton Rakes home to be with his beloved wife, Dorie Lou.
George was born on Nov. 23, 1928 in Baker, Mont. George was drafted after high school to serve in the U.S. Army, where he was deployed to support the war in Korea. When he returned from Korea he left the Army to begin his lifelong career in the oil field. George met Dorie Lou in Joliet, Mont. They were married on Jan. 7, 1953, and enjoyed 52 years together until Dorie Lou’s death on Oct. 16, 2005. George built a successful pipeline construction business that he sold in 1984. George and Dorie spent many of their retirement years split between Yuma, Ariz., and Billings. George leaves a lasting memory of charity and love for his children, grandchildren, extended family and many friends. He lived life to the fullest until his passing.
George was preceded in death by Dorie Lou and son Troy; as well as his parents, Stanton and Anna; brother Roy and sister Reva.
George is survived by his other five children and their spouses, Sandy, of Richland, Wash.; Wanda and Aaron Finnicum, of Billings; Lonny and Wendy Rakes, of Albuquerque, N.M.; Linda and Dale Raisl, of Laurel, Mont.; and Stacy and Kathy Rakes, of Avondale, Ariz. George is also survived by his brother Bernie and wife Jackie. George leaves behind 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
The celebration of life for George will be held on Friday, May 10, at St. Pius Catholic church at 18th Street West and Broadwater in Billings. The full Mass for George will be at 11 a.m. Interment will immediately follow at the Rockvale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make any donations to your favorite charities in memory of George Clinton Rakes.