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George W. Shuler Jr.
January 7, 1922 - August 19, 2014

George W. Shuler Jr., 92, of Soda Springs, Idaho passed away on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at his home, two months to the day after their 71st wedding anniversary. George, better known as "Junior" in his younger years, was born on January 7, 1922, at the family home. He was the oldest son of 3 children born to George W. and Iva Belle Tipton Shuler.

George grew up east of Soda Springs, on the family ranch. He attended Elementary and High School in Soda Springs. He was enrolled at Idaho State University in engineering for 1 ½ years before joining the Army Air Corps and was first stationed in Lincoln, Nebraska. He attended cadet training in Wayne, Nebraska where he and Nola Bolton Shuler were married on June 19, 1943.

After completing training on the B-17 bomber in Amarillo and Pyote Texas and Kingman, Arizona, he was stationed in Deopham Green, England, as flight engineer and top turret gunner on a B-17. After successfully completing 35 missions he returned to the states for a rest leave in Santa Monica, California. His wife Nola accompanied him to California and for the rest of his service. He was then stationed in San Antonio and Mission Texas for training on the B-29, before he returned home to Soda Springs to help his father on the family farm since his brother Don had been called into the Navy.

George "Jr" and Nola lived and worked on the family farm for 4 years while purchasing land of their own. In 1949 they moved into Soda Springs. In 1951 they purchased their current home where they raised their 4 children, Karen, Alan, Kirk and Annette. While still farming he worked for Morrison Knudson during the construction of Monsanto Co. When the Monsanto plant opened he went to work for them as a Furnace Forman. In his younger years he loved to hunt and always looked forward to the annual hunting trip with friends.

In 1959 he and his brother Don opened Shuler Brothers John Deere. They later added GMC trucks. In 1968 George decided to purchase the Ford Franchise and build a new facility. He enjoyed selling vehicles and ran the dealership for 28 years. He and Nola were able to go on Ford trips to Italy and Hawaii.

They loved to travel and took many family vacations to visit members of his B-17 crew. He and Nola attended almost all of the 452nd bomb group reunions. They attended an Air Force reunion held in England/Ireland. They traveled south several times to visit George's relatives, many that they had never met and to see the Shuler Ruby mines. They attended a 452nd reunion with family in Washington DC where he was able to see the World War II memorial wall. The last reunion they attended was in Omaha, Nebraska where his granddaughter Sheri lives, with Alan and Karen also attending.

George was active in VFW, and American Legion and was a life member in both. He was very proud of his country and taught his family to be the same. He flew the flag proudly at his dealership and at his home. He helped every year, for as long as he was physically able, to carry the flag in the 4th of July parade, do military graveside services and helped put out the flags on main street for every holiday. He was also an active member of the Rotary and the IOOF Lodge. He served as Noble Grand and Grand Master of the IOOF Lodge for the State of Idaho. He and his wife Nola enjoyed traveling together to state meetings for many years. George was a member of the LDS Church. He and Nola were sealed in the Logan Temple in July 2001. He had served in the Stake Sunday School Presidency as a counselor. George had a long full life of many adventures and successes that he loved to share with anyone who would listen! His hard work ethic, love of his country, belief in education, selfless service, and most of all the strong love for his family has been passed onto his posterity. Through them his great legacy will continue to live on.

George is survived by his wife, Nola; children, Karen (Don) Poppleton, Logan, UT; Alan (Sue) Shuler, Plymouth, Minnesota; Kirk (Michele) Shuler, Lake Tapps, Washington; Annette Weighall, Murray, Utah; and Geraldine (Lynn) Hansen, a special niece, who after his sister died, became a part of the family; He had 10 grandchildren who were very special to him and he to them, he held a very special place in their hearts and will be truly missed; Kary Stoor, Victor, Montana; Rachelle (Danny) Williams, Pocatello, Idaho; Sheri (Nathan) Shuler-Morgan, Omaha, Nebraska; Angel (Russ) Burnside; Salt Lake City, UT; David (Susie) Shuler; Bloomington, Minnesota; Kirchele Davis, Puyallup, Washington; Troy Shuler; Lake Tapps, Washington; Brent Weighall, Murray, UT; Stephanie (Travis) Barlow, West Jordan, UT; Angela Salerno, Sandy, Utah; 2 step grandchildren; Chris (Jacoba) Poppleton, Logan, Utah; Scott Poppleton, Ogden,UT; 22 great grandchildren, 2 step great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Iva Shuler; sister and brother in-law, Margaret (Gerald)Hansen; brother and sister in-law Don (LaRue) Shuler; granddaughters, Robyn Stoor Smith; Kami Stoor Thornley; grandson, Matthew Stoor; step-grandson, Mike Poppleton; great granddaughters, Hailey & Heidi Gambles.

Services will be held Monday August 25, 2014 at the Soda Springs Stake Center at 1:00 pm. The family will visit with friends on Sunday evening, August 24, at Sims funeral home from 6 to 8 pm and at the Soda Springs Stake Center from 11:00 am to 12:30pm before the services.


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