George Henry Stribley, 95, a longtime Gates Rubber Co. employee who played golf until he was 91, died Sunday evening, March 3, 2013, at St. Vincent Healthcare after a brief illness.
He was born to Bert Lee and Nellie Dugan in Ardmore, S.D., on April 17, 1917, the youngest of four children. At age 5, he moved to Billings with his father and siblings.
His lifelong passion for golf began with caddying at Hilands Golf Club. He attended Fratt Memorial School and graduated from Billings High School in 1935. Mr. Stribley worked at the Laurel refinery until he was drafted into the Army in 1941.
He was a sergeant in the 41st Division and served in the Pacific Theater. He received an honorable discharge in 1944 due to malaria and returned to the United States. He briefly attended college in Chicago, but returned to Montana when the malaria reoccurred.
He married Charlotte McCahill on July 14, 1951, and he built a home adjacent to his father’s where they lived for nearly 57 years.
Mr. Stribley worked for Gates Rubber Co. for 33 years. He was a charter member of Lake Hills Golf Club and had five holes-in-one. His passion for the game continued through age 91, and he played his last real round with his wife still walking the fairways at Lake Hills.
He had received care from Grand Marquis Assisted Living.
Survivors include four children, Susan Irion, Peggy, Joe and Ann Tipton; five grandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
A vigil service was held March 11 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Funeral Mass was March 12 at St. Thomas Church.
Memorials may be made to the George and Charlotte Stribley Pediatric Endowment through St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation, 1106 N. 30th St., Billings, MT 59101; or First Tee of Montana, 821 N. 27th St., Suite 250, Billings, MT 59101.