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George J. McCarty

August 1, 1928 — January 14, 2024

Idaho Falls

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George Junior McCarty was born in Berwick, Pennsylvania, August 1, 1928 to George and Mabel McCarty. 

Dad Joined the Air Force at 22 years old.

He was a cartographer assigned to the 10th Reconnaissance Technical Squadron at Spangdalhlem Air Force Base in Germany.

While stationed in France, he met his future wife, Pierrette. They married on April 26, 1954 in her home town of Pont-A-Mousson.

They had lived in Bitburg, Germany, Buffalo, New York, Albuquerque, New Mexico and Idaho Falls, Idaho.

He worked for ACF Industries in nuclear weapons and engine manufacturing design, and at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory for Phillips Petroleum. He retired in 1991. 

One of dad's greatest joys was his family. He was selflessly dedicated to caring for our mom with love and tenderness in their later years. He was a wonder father to his children and a loving grandpa. He gave us moral support and encouraged us to succeed in life. He had a twinkle in his eyes when we were around and we always knew he loved and appreciated us. He never failed to call and sing "Happy Birthday" to us on our birthday which we always looked forward to. We will miss the sweet sound of his voice when he would say "Hey Babe" or "Love you babe" when he called, it would bring a smile to our faces.

Dad loved to dance! He could really "cut the rug" especially at weddings. He loved the outdoors and taught us to love and appreciate nature. He was an avid duck hunter, fisherman and enjoyed camping and canoeing. One of his greatest joys was the cabin he built with his family and friends in Vallecito, Colorado. It was a very special place to dad and all of us. Many happy memories were made there. He loved his garden and was proud of the vegetables that he grew. Dad was a very patient and kind man. He never had a negative word towards anyone. He will be missed.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, Pierrette McCarty, daughters Cherie Strang of Casper, Wyoming, Brigitte Hoech of Everett, Washington, Isabelle McCarty (John McGough), of Hailey, Idaho. Granddaughters Jessica Reese (Brad), Laurel Holt (Chuck), and Stefanie Warner (Josh). Great granddaughters Charlotte, Stevie and Sofie. He was proceeded in death by his son George Pierre and two son-in-laws, Steve Strang and Neal Hoech.

A visitation (2:00PM) and service (2:30PM) will be held January 26th at Buck Murphy Funeral Home. Burial will take place in Colorado.

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Visitation

Friday, January 26, 2024

2:00 - 2:30 pm (Mountain time)

Buck Murphy Funeral Home & Cremation Services

825 E 17th St, Idaho Falls, ID 83404

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Funeral Service

Friday, January 26, 2024

Starts at 2:30 pm (Mountain time)

Buck Murphy Funeral Home & Cremation Services

825 E 17th St, Idaho Falls, ID 83404

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