Football

George West Carlton

January 14, 1928 ~ April 12, 2022 (age 94)

Obituary

George West Carlton of Glen Ellyn. The adoring husband of Jozan R Carlton.  Caring father of George West Carlton Jr, Mark M Carlton (Brenda) & Mary-Louise Wilson(Tousey). Loving grandfather of G. Alex Carlton, Josie Thuya, Morris  C Wilson & Claire J Wilson. Devoted great grandfather of Dylan West Carlton

Fond brother of Mary Ellen Liem and Uncle of many nieces & nephews.

A memorial visitation will be held on Thursday, April 21st, from 5pm to 7pm at Leonard Memorial Funeral Home, 565 Duane ST. Glen Ellyn.

A memorial service will be held on Friday April 22nd, 11am at St Mark’s Episcopal Church, 393 N. Main St. Glen Ellyn

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Glenbard West Booster Club https://www.gwboosters.com/join-sponsor or P.O. Box 154 Glen Ellyn, IL. 60138

​George was a Glen Ellyn fanatic, calling it Hometown USA, only leaving to enlist in the army and attend college at Florida’s Stetson University. After meeting his wife, Jozan ,while in Florida, he promptly brought her back to Glen Ellyn where they spent the rest of their life. He literally wrote the book (called As the Backs Go Tearing By) on Glenbard West football. After playing in high school, he continued his devotion by attending nearly every game, even speaking to the team before important matches. He wasn’t just a fan of football, but was a fan of the players. In talking about the team we would lead with stories of the players, always believing in Glen Ellen’s ability to raise exceptional young men. He made friends in kindergarten that he kept all his life: Harlond Snub Prichard, Bill Pope, Don Nichols, Larry Maloney, John Lancaster, Bob Chambers, and others. He was a proud member of the “Old Codgers”, people of a certain age who would watch each home game, nestled against the press box wall. His love of Glen Ellyn extended to the prairie path where he road his bike almost every day. He and Jozan, participated in clean up days on the path, clearing brush and trash. While growing up in the 30’s and 40’s he fell in love with the Big Band music.. Like his love of Glenbard football, he took his teenage fandom with him the rest of his life, listening to little else and even traveling to England to see big band performances. He was a frequent guest on a radio call in program in Chicago, called, The Browsers, that covered all things Big Band. He also acted as a guide for Cantigny, a museum  devoted to the First Division of the US Army. He spent his career at Majestic Mills, building the company his father left him from a small two man operation to a booming business of over 2 dozen .He retired at the younge age of 53.  Townspeople might recognise the model A Ford he drove during numerous 4th of July Parades, or the red Alpha Romeo convertible he would use for errands. His legacy is that of a man of tradition, of holding dear to hometown values, and American pride.

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Services

Memorial Gathering
Thursday
April 21, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Leonard Memorial Home
565 Duane St.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Memorial Service
Friday
April 22, 2022

11:00 AM
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
393 N Main St
Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137

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