George S. Azure, age 70 of Dunseith, died Tuesday on arrival to a Belcourt hospital. Funeral will be held on Saturday at 10:00 am at the St. Anthony’s Catholic Church near Dunseith. Wake will be held on Friday beginning at 5:00 pm with a scriptural prayer service at 8:00 pm all at the church. Burial will be at the church cemetery.
George was born on October 20, 1942 in Belcourt, ND 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 January 18, 1962, and attained the rank of Sergeant by the time of his honorable discharge on December 1, 1965. George was a member of the American Legion in Dunseith. George was united in marriage to Gladys Roussin on January 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, ND. 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 fiddlin 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, ND; 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, WA, 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, step father Frank “Lum” Azure, infant sisters Darlene and Mary Magdeline, sister Leona Davis, and brother in laws Valentine Davis and Gilbert LaVallie.
Arrangements are with Nero Funeral Home of Bottineau.