George Kerridge, age 90, died Oct. 28, 2017 surrounded by family and friends. George passed away after a battle with a rare bone infection.
George was born at home in Detroit to Stanley and Madolyn Kerridge. He lived at home with his parents during the depression and helped his grandfather care for the chickens they kept.
He attended Denby High School in Detroit. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy just prior to high school graduation in 1945. In basic training he contracted rheumatic fever. A Navy corpsman diagnosed this and saved his life. He was left with a damaged heart and received an honorable medical discharge.
George attended the University of Michigan on the GI bill with his best friend and future bother-in-law, Richard Davideit. He received his business degree from Michigan and began work at Sears Roebuck in Muskegon in 1950.
In 1950 he married his lifelong love, Margaret Jane Wheeler. They were married for 65 years. He and Margaret had known each other since childhood as their fathers were best friends. George and Margaret had four children, Kathy, Mark, Paul and John.
He worked for Sears until 1975 and worked and lived in Muskegon, Jackson, Chicago, Minneapolis, Louisville and St. Louis, Missouri. He was a pioneer in early data processing at Sears, helping to develop bar code scanners. His final position was as a store manager.
He and Margaret moved to Frankfort in 1978 to be near his parents, and he bought Crystal View Adult Foster Care Home, which he ran with his son, Paul, until he was 83. He witnessed the transformation in how people with disabilities have been accepted and treated. George served for many years on the Frankfort Planning Commission.
George was an early avid downhill skier, swimmer and fan of Michigan football, spending many Saturdays with his sons cheering for Big Blue. He was thrilled when his daughter, Kathy, and later two of his grandchildren, William and Joe Kerridge (who was captain of the Michigan football team), all graduated from Michigan.
He loved salmon fishing in Lake Michigan. He was a private pilot enthusiast and flew a Cessna 182. He taught and shared his interests with his children. George traveled over most of the United States, visiting 49 states. He and his wife traveled in Canada and once he flew his plane to the Bahamas with the family. In their later years George and Margaret loved to winter at Jetty East in Destin, Florida.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved wife, Margaret.
He is survived by his four children, Kathy (Dan Morgan), of Benicia, California, Mark (Stephanie), of Casper, Wyoming, Paul (Denise), of Beulah, and John (Brenda), of Traverse City; eight grandchildren, Kate (Crystal) Booth, Paul Morgan, Luke (Heather) Lewis, Erika (Mike) Osier, Justin (Mandy) Rineer, Matthew Kerridge, William (Marie) and Joseph Kerridge; and five great-grandchildren, Judah, Eden and Titus Lewis and Keelin and Brodie Rineer. He is survived by his sister, Pat (Richard) Davideit; and his sister-in-law, Edith Wheeler.
A celebration of his life has been held with his family and friends.
Donations in his memory can be made to Us Too, a prostate cancer education and support organization or to Munson Hospice.
Published on November 19, 2017