|Birth: ||Oct. 28, 1923|
|Death: ||Oct. 7, 2011|
James R. "Jim" Carriger, 87, Topeka, passed away on Friday, October 7, 2011 at a local hospital.
Jim was born October 28, 1923 in Topeka, the son of Elliot and Marguerite (Long) Carriger. He spent his early years on the family farm just outside of Auburn with his parents, brothers and his grandmother, Emma D. Carriger.
He graduated from Washburn Rural High School and attended Washburn University and Northern Illinois College in Chicago. While attending college, he was employed by the Curtis Company in Chicago as a factory representative.
He served as an Automatic Rifleman in the Army during World War II with the Americal Division, 132nd Infantry, 2nd Battalion, Company E. This was the first unit to engage the Japanese in offensive combat, starting at Guadalcanal, moving through the Solomon Islands, Philippines, and occupying Japan. He received numerous awards for his service including the Bronze Star.
He joined the Topeka Fire Department in 1948 and retired as First Assistant Chief after 33 years of service. He was assigned to the Topeka Police Department as a Major the last two years of his service, implementing the 911 Emergency calling for Topeka and Shawnee County.
He served as First Vice President and President of the Associated Public Safety
Communications Officers Incorporated, Kansas Chapters. He was awarded an honorary lifetime membership in this organization. He was a member of the American Legion and the VFW.
After retirement, he and his wife enjoyed traveling, particularly to Sonoma, California and gave insight for the beginning restoration of his great grandfather's estate, Nicholas Carriger. The estate is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
Jim married C. Gwendolyn Henderson on October 28, 1949. She died November 11, 2008. Survivors include son, Steve Carriger; daughter, Judith Carriger, both of Topeka; grandson, Justin Kearney and wife Marti, Scranton; great grandchildren, Kole James and Taryn Marie Kearney; and 11 nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by brothers, Lewis Carriger and Dr. William A. Carriger, Sr.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at Penwell-Gabel Southwest Chapel. Burial will follow at Penwell-Gabel Cemetery.
Elliott Carriger (1892 - 1953)
Mary Marguerite Long Carriger (1892 - 1969)
Gwendolyn Henderson Carriger (1922 - 2008)
Penwell-Gabel Cemetery and Mausoleum
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Record added: Oct 09, 2011
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