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Information for George Earl O'Krakel
16 November, 1895 - 23 September, 1984
The Idaho Press-Tribune
September, 1984

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George O'Krakel
    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, Caldwell.
    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 death.

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