George S. Azure, 70, of Dunseith, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, on arrival to a Belcourt hospital.
George was born Oct. 20, 1942, in Belcourt, to George and Agnes (Thiefault) Azure. He grew up and attended school in Dunseith, graduating from Dunseith High School. He entered the Air Force on Jan. 18, 1962, and attained the rank of sergeant by the time of his honorable discharge on Dec. 1, 1965. George was a member of the American Legion in Dunseith. George was united in marriage to Gladys Roussin on Jan. 22, 1966. They made their home in Dunseith and together raised five children. This January they would have celebrated 47 years of marriage. He worked at San Haven as well as the missile sites near Langdon. In 1979 he began his career with Public Utilities, where he retired as manager in 2007.
One of George's favorite things was spending time with his family, especially his beloved grandchildren. They were his pride and joy and he did everything in his power to attend as many of their events as he could. He greatly enjoyed spending numerous hours hunting as well as playing golf with his family. He loved to spend time fishing with the grandbabies, going to the casino, visiting with friends and tinkering around in his garage and yard. George loved listening to country and fiddling music. It was no surprise to find him caught up in an old western movie; he greatly enjoyed John Wayne. He also enjoyed attending Demo Derby's and was a big supporter of "Counts Demo Team #33", led by his oldest grandchild Garren Counts.
George was a friend to many and will be greatly missed by all.
He is survived by: his wife, Gladys, of Dunseith; sons, Lyle Azure, of Dunseith, Shannon "Zack" (Kerry) Azure, of Dunseith, Daniel "Shane" (Erika) Azure, of Portland; daughters, Lisa (Marshall) Azure, of St. John, Sherry (Stacy) Counts, of Dunseith; 10 grandchildren: Garren and Shayla Counts, Kylie and Kayla Parisien, Kelby and Kennison Azure, Shawnta', Taylor and Trey Everett and Braxton Azure; brothers, Kenny (Dolores) Azure of Redmond, Wash., Vincent (Janice) Azure, Dennis (Darlene) Azure, Leslie (Sandra) Azure, Lester (Elaine) Azure, Duane (Karen) Azure and James "Jimmy" Thiefault, all of Dunseith; sisters, Rose Davis, Beverly LaVallie, Alva (Larry) Gladue and Donna (Clayton) Belgarde, all of Dunseith; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, George and Agnes Azure; stepfather, Frank "Lum" Azure; infant sisters, Darlene and Mary Magdeline and sister, Leona Davis; and brothers-in-law, Valentine Davis and Gilbert LaVallie.
His funeral will be Saturday, 10 a.m., at St. Anthony's Catholic Church near Dunseith.
Burial will be at the church cemetery.
The wake will be today, Friday, beginning at 5 p.m., with a scriptural prayer service at 8 p.m., all at the church.
Arrangements are with Nero Funeral Home of Bottineau.