George "Sarge" Whipple, Sr.
George “Sarge” Whipple, Sr., whose Ojibwe name is Nii-zhoo-Makwa which means “Two Bears” 74, of Cass Lake passed away peacefully Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at his home surrounded by his family.
Traditional Funeral Services will be pm Thursday, September 22, 2011 at the Veteran’s Memorial Building in Cass Lake, MN with spiritual leader Steve Jackson. A wake will begin Tuesday afternoon at the Veteran’s Memorial Building and will continue until the time of the services on Thursday. Interment will be at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Cass Lake under the direction of the Cease Family Funeral Home of Cass Lake with military honors by the Leech Lake Honor Guard.
George was born December 12, 1936 in Squaw Point, Minnesota, the son of George and Margaret Day Whipple. He was raised and educated in Cass Lake. He married Dorene Alma Beaudreau in 1958 in Cass Lake. He worked for Leech Lake Housing as a plumber and he also worked for Leech Lake Heritage Sites with a crew. He enjoyed fishing with family friends while his children were growing up, going to the casino, solving crossword puzzles, sitting outside enjoying the weather with Niish-way and Bezhig, who he called the boys. He like watching Twins games and reading magazines. He also participated in running a sweat lodge, going to the sweats and did ceremonies as a spiritual leader. He was greatly respected by those who knew George. He will greatly missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by 4 sons: George Whipple, Jr. of Cass Lake Thomas (Tami) Whipple of Cass Lake Louis Fisher of Cass Lake Robert Beaudreau of Cass Lake Daughter: Emily (Mark) Munyer of Grace Lake, MN 10 grandchildren 3 great grandchildren 3 brothers- Robert Whipple of Cass Lake Jimmy Whipple of Cass Lake Spenser Whitefeather of Bemidji 2 nephews and 3 nieces Special friend- Sharon (Ernie) McKenna and family Many friends and relatives
He was preceded in death by his wife Dorene, parents, 2 sons- Douglas “Punky” Whipple and Lowell Fisher, 4 brothers- Charles Whipple, Bill Whipple, infant Elmer Whipple and infant Theodore Whipple.
Active Casketbearers will be Tony Budreau, Tom Whipple, Robert Beaudreau, Mark Munyer, Mike Hawk and Jimmy Whipple. Honorary Casketbearers will be all who are present at George’s service.