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George Arthur Talmage

October 19, 1922 ~ March 22, 2024 (age 101) 101 Years Old

George Talmage Obituary

George Arthur “Curly” Talmage, a stalwart figure whose indomitable spirit and unwavering dedication left an indelible mark on all who had the privilege of knowing him, passed away on March 22, 2024, in Weatherford, Texas, at the age of 101. Born on October 19, 1922, in the vibrant city of Detroit, Michigan, Curly was the cherished son of George Iris Talmage and Florence June Morehead Talmage.

From his earliest days in southeastern Michigan, including his days of  adventures in Traverse City, Curly’s upbringing was steeped in the values of hard work, integrity, and perseverance. Following his formal education, he embarked on a journey of self-discovery, enrolling at the esteemed Henry Ford Trade School, where he mastered the art of tool and die making—a skill that would serve him well in the years to come.

However, it was Curly’s valiant service to his country during World War II that would truly define his character. As a proud member of the United States Marine Corps, he answered the call of duty with unwavering resolve, bravely venturing into the crucible of conflict, including the harrowing invasion of Iwo Jima. It was on that treacherous island that Curly demonstrated extraordinary courage, sustaining wounds in the line of duty that earned him both the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star—testaments to his valor and sacrifice in defense of freedom.

Upon returning home, Curly embarked on a new chapter of his life—one filled with boundless passion and unwavering commitment to his true love: horses. Immersed in the world of equestrianism, he found solace and purpose in the company of these majestic creatures, eventually forging a career as a cutting horse trainer—a vocation that ignited his soul and fueled his relentless pursuit of excellence.

In 1956, fate intervened, as Curly crossed paths with the love of his life, Pauline, with whom he shared a deep and abiding bond that transcended the passage of time. Their union was one of enduring devotion, marked by shared laughter, steadfast support, and unwavering companionship—a partnership that endured until Pauline’s peaceful passing in 2012.

As a cutting horse trainer, Curly approached his craft with a meticulous attention to detail and an unyielding commitment to excellence. His reputation for excellence and integrity earned him the respect and admiration of peers and patrons alike, establishing him as a pillar of the equestrian community—a man of principle and passion whose legacy will endure for generations to come.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Curly’s impact extended far and wide, touching the lives of countless individuals who were fortunate enough to call him friend, mentor, or family. A man of few words but profound wisdom, he possessed an innate ability to cut through the noise and discern the true essence of those around him—a quality that endeared him to all who had the privilege of crossing his path.

In recognition of his contributions to the equestrian world, Curly was bestowed with numerous accolades and honors, including a recent acknowledgment from the National Cutting Horse Association, which recognized him as their oldest living member—a testament to his enduring legacy and unwavering commitment to his craft.

Curly’s legacy is not measured solely by his professional achievements, but by the love and devotion he shared with his family. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather, whose presence brought joy and inspiration to all who knew him. He leaves behind a legacy of love, integrity, and unwavering dedication—a legacy that will continue to inspire and uplift those who follow in his footsteps.

In the quiet moments of reflection, Curly’s memory will live on—a beacon of light guiding those who seek solace in his enduring wisdom and boundless love. Though he may have bid farewell to this earthly realm, his spirit will forever reside in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to have been touched by his kindness, his generosity, and his unwavering spirit.

Curly is survived by his loving children, Douglas Talmage (LuVerle), Nancy Foust (Robert), and Timothy Talmage, along with his cherished grandchildren, Rey, Mitchel, Art, Bo and Sara, and a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, George Iris Talmage and Florence June Morehead Talmage, his beloved wife, Pauline Dietz Talmage, and his cherished sisters, Mary Louise and Joyce.

A celebration of Curly’s remarkable life will be held on Monday, April 1, 2024, at the Azle Chapel on Azleland Cemetery, with visitation beginning at 9 AM, followed by a service at 10 AM.

As we bid farewell to a true pioneer and a beloved patriarch, let us take comfort in knowing that Curly’s legacy will endure for eternity—a testament to a life well lived and a heart filled with boundless love. May his spirit soar free, forever galloping across the vast expanse of heaven’s pastures, where he will find eternal peace and everlasting joy in the company of those who have gone before him.

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April 1, 2024

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Azle & Lake Worth Funeral Home Chapel
850 N. Cardinal Road
Azle, TX 76020

Funeral Service
April 1, 2024

10:00 AM
Azle & Lake Worth Funeral Home Chapel
850 N. Cardinal Road
Azle, TX 76020

Interment following funeral service
April 1, 2024

Azleland Cemetery and Memorial Park
850 North Cardinal Road
Azle, TX 76020


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