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 Ora George Prewitt

Ora George Prewitt

Birth
Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death 6 Nov 2012 (aged 91)
Burial Twin Falls, Twin Falls County, Idaho, USA
Memorial ID 100338314 · View Source
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Ora George Prewitt, 91, of Twin Falls, Idaho, passed away Tuesday evening, Nov. 6, 2012, at Bridgeview Estates surrounded by his loving family. He lived a long and full life and was more than ready to continue his life journey in heaven and be reunited with his beloved wife.

George was born March 16, 1921, in Long Beach, California, the first child of Rolly Taylor Prewitt and Margaret Iliff Prewitt. He grew up in Riverside, Calif., and graduated from Riverside Poly High School in 1940.

George joined the Army Air Force and was proud to serve his country in World War II. From his base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire, England, he flew 34 successful bombing raids over Germany as a top turret gunner in a B-17, the greatest plane ever made, in his opinion.

He never talked a great deal about his involvement in the War, but the experience had a profound impact on his life and he stayed in contact with several of his comrades for the rest of their lives. We have lost another valued World War II veteran, to whom we all owe a huge debt of gratitude for the freedoms we enjoy today. George would want all of us to remember one thing: "Freedom is not free; many have paid the price."

At the end of the war, George married his best friend, life partner and soul-mate, Elizabeth (Betty) Jean Harris, at the Presbyterian Church in Riverside where they had met on Aug. 3, 1945. They lived a good life together for nearly 67 years until Betty passed away in June of this year. George and Betty were blessed with a daughter, Margaret (Peggy) Seigworth Schroeder, and a son, George Thomas (Tom) Prewitt.

George went to work for the city of Riverside soon after the war in the Light Department as a cable splicer. He was extremely talented and could draw, plan and make almost anything.

He loved welding and, after years of working weekends and evenings in his own business, he left the city for a few years and ran his business full time, Multi-Industries and Mfg. in Riverside, Calif. He built custom horse trailers, boat trailers and just about anything anyone needed.

He eventually returned to the City Light Department, where he worked until his retirement.

During these years, George was very active in Victoria United Presbyterian Church, where he taught Sunday school and served on many boards and in many capacities. When his children were in high school, he was involved in the local FFA and helped start an FFA Booster Club of parents and supporters of the ag program. Other interests included hunting and fishing, and he was involved in shooting ranges and gun clubs in the Riverside-San Bernardino area.

George and Betty retired to Rimforest in the San Bernardino Mountains. They enjoyed living in the mountains, and George soon began a new career at Rim Lumber. He loved working with his fellow employees there and helping contractors and customers for 10 years before retiring again. He became very involved with the Arrowhead Fish and Game Gun Club, serving as president and as range master and developing his skill as an excellent trap shooter. George and Betty also spent many winters volunteering at the Salton Sea State Park, which they enjoyed very much.

In 1990, George and Betty moved to Twin Falls, Idaho, to be closer to their daughter. They enjoyed camping and exploring Idaho, and George spent many happy hours in his shop, always creative, making many woodworking projects that have now become family heirlooms for his children and grandchildren.

In his last years, his greatest pleasure was his family. He was extremely proud of the success and accomplishments of his children and grandchildren and adored his great-grandchildren. He was a good man. He was a great American soldier. He was our mentor and taught us the importance of honesty, hard work and helping others. He will be greatly missed but will live on in our hearts and memories forever.

George was preceded in death by his parents; and his precious wife, Betty.

He is survived by his daughter, Peggy (Mike) Schroeder, of Twin Falls, ID; his son, Tom (Geri) Prewitt, of Riverside, CA; grandchildren: Scott (Robyn) Seigworth and Matt Seigworth of Twin Falls, and Raleigh (Amy) Prewitt, Michael (Rebekah) Prewitt and Mackenzie Prewitt of Riverside, CA; great-grandchildren: Bayley Seigworth, Ali Moore and Kylar Moore, of Twin Falls, and triplets, Michael, Haleigh and Rhiannon Prewitt, of Riverside, CA; one brother, Homer Prewitt, of Riverside, CA; as well as many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for George will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Parke's Magic Valley Funeral Home, 2551 Kimberly Road in Twin Falls.

"If you don't believe in heroes, then you haven't met my Dad …"


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  • Created by: Barb
  • Added: 7 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100338314
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ora George Prewitt (16 Mar 1921–6 Nov 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100338314, citing Twin Falls Cemetery, Twin Falls, Twin Falls County, Idaho, USA ; Maintained by Barb (contributor 46936813) .