George D. Wackerle

George D. Wackerle

September 1, 1926-July 8, 2019

George D. Wackerle, 92 of Alliance passed away on July 8, 2019, at the Chimney Rock Villa in Bayard with his daughter, Cheryl and son in law, Greg, by his side.

George was born in Bay City, Michigan, on September 1, 1926, to John and Julia (Meyer) Wackerle, He was one of 11 children.

He moved to Kansas City, Missouri, in 1946 where he met Margaret (Peggy) Corrigan. They were married on August 28, 1948.

He began his career with the CD&Q Railroad on June 25, 1946, as a carman, transferred to Chicago, Illinois in 1960 as a care foreman and transferred again in 1969 to Alliance. He retired from the BN Railroad on January 1, 1982, as the Assistant Shop Superintendent. After retirement, he and Peggy traveled and camped all around the United States ending up in Fort Mojave, Arizona, in 1986 returning to Nebraska each summer. George continued “snowbirding” ever after Peggy’s death in 2001.

He served in the United States Army in the Korean War a Corporal in the 3rd Infantry Division from 1951 to 1953. He was a lifetime member of the Eagles and the American Legion Post #7.

He is survived by his daughter, Cheryl (Greg) Garrett, his grandsons, James and girlfriend Kayla, Kurt (Michelle) and Chris (Heather), and his great-grandchildren, Alexis, Jude, Aubrey, Austin, Brantley and Kinsley and Kayla’s children, Rose and Christian Valdez. He is also survived by his sister, Charlene Compton, many special nieces and nephews, and some great friends in Arizona.

Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife Peggy, his special significant other Marlene Thompson, 7 sisters, 2 brothers, 7 brother in laws, and 5 sister in laws.

A memorial service will be Monday, July 22, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Bates Gould Funeral Home with Jeanie Sedivy presiding Burial will follow at the Alliance Cemetery with military honors.

Memorials may be given to Pillars for the Park in his honor. Online condolences may be left at

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