Graveside services for George E. O'Krakel, 88, of Caldwell,
who died Sunday, Sept. 23, at a Nampa hospital will be held
at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens,
The Rev. Raymond A. Thompson
of the United Methodist Church, Caldwell, will officiate,
under the direction of Flahiff Funeral Chapel of Nampa.
Mr. O'Krakel, a retired farmer and rancher, was born Nov.
16, 1895 at Mount Pleasant, Iowa, a son of George Earl and
Francis Simmons Krakel. He was reared and attended
schools in Iowa. As a young man, he was a jockey and
sulkey driver in horse racing. He then followed the
professional rodeo circuit as a bronc rider for several
years. Thereafter he worked on cattle ranches in South
Dakota and Nebraska.
He married Hazel
Belle Grim on Oct. 28, 1927, in Nealey, Neb., and they made
their home in Nebraska until moving to Marsing in 1940 and
later that year to Townsend, Mont. where they ranched until
returning to Marsing in 1946 where he farmed and worked for
the city of Marsing.
They moved to
Caldwell in 1951 and he was employed at the J.R. Simplot
Company food processing plant until retiring in 1968.
He was a member of Star in the West Lodge No. 40, AF & AM of
Red Lodge, Mont., and of the Caldwell Chapter of the
American Association of Retired Persons.
He is survived by his wife of Caldwell; five sons, Earl W.
O'Krakel of Concord, Calif., Donald L. O'Krakel of Topeka,
Kan., Carl D. O'Krakel of Nampa, and William R. O'Krakel and
Robert W. O'Krakel, both of Las Vegas, Nev.; one daughter,
Darlean E. Wilson of Kendrick, Ida.; 13 grandchildren, eight
great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
His parents, four sisters and two brothers preceded him in