George Elias Addison, 94, of Osceola died Sunday, May 19, 2019, at EveryStep Hospice Kavanagh House in Des Moines.
Cremation was entrusted to Kale Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., in Osceola. Online condolences may be left at www.kalefuneralhome.com.
George Elias Addison, son of Edward L. Addison and Helen Charlette (Storm) Addison, was born Oct. 29, 1924, in Oakland. George attended elementary school at Lewis Township No. 2, south of Council Bluffs. He graduated from Red Oak High School in 1943. Following graduation, George enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at Omaha, Nebraska. He spent his training in California. He was sent to Maui in March of 1944, then joined the 2nd Marine Division at the Sea Of Saipan. From this time until the end of WWII in September 1945, George was in Tinian, Iheya, Okinowa and Nogasaki, Japan working as an M.P. walking the streets of what was left of the towns. He was discharged in January 1946 and was later recalled during the Korean War for 15 months.
Following serving in the U.S. Marines, he attended college and entered the Iowa Highway Patrol in April 1948.
On July 10, 1949, George married Virginia Aleen Cox. George served with the Iowa Highway Patrol for 32 years, retiring in 1980. During this time they lived in Sioux City, LeMars and Ottumwa. They lived in Loguna Beach, California, during his recall during the Korean War. Following retirement, George worked for Guardian Photo from Mason City as a contract courier and the Wapello County Veterans Affairs office for seven years. George and Virginia moved to Homestead Assisted Living in Osceola in August 2016.
George is survived by his son Mark (Diane) Addison of Osceola; grandchildren, Travis Addison (significant other Elaine) and their sons, George and Jack of San Francisco, California, and Troy (Naomi) Addison and their children, Jameson and Tatianna of Bossier City, Louisiana; sister-in-law Darlene Sorensen of Red Oak; as well as other relatives and many friends.
George was preceded in death by his wife Virginia Addison; parents, Edward and Helen Addison; and daughter Sandra.