George Edward Northrop

November 1, 2011

George Edward Northrop 85, of Frankfort, IN, died at 4 a.m. November 1, 2011 at his home. Born May 3, 1926 in Buffalo, NY, to George C. & Florence (English) Northrop. He married Lillian Marie Schimmel on March 22, 1947 and she preceded him in death on September 9, 1991. He then married Martha Eunice Jacobs on April 17, 1994 in Frankfort, IN and she survives. Mr. Northrop spent his childhood years in Ohio and Illinois. He moved to Frankfort and was a 1943 graduate of Frankfort High School. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he served from Sept. 1943 to May 1946 during WWII and was an aircraft engine repairman on the USS Saginaw Bay air craft carrier. Mr. Northrop was a foreman for the Physical Plant Masonry Department at Purdue University and celebrated 35 years of service there. He supported the St. Labre Indian School and USA Olympics.

Visitation and Services

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 4, 2011 at Goodwin Funeral Home. Pastor Gregg Davis will officiate. Visitation will be Thursday, November 3rd from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Green Lawn Memorial Park. The family requests memorial donations to American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association or First Church of the Nazarene, envelopes will be available.

Survived by:

Wife: Martha Northrop of Frankfort 2 Daughters: Mary Kathryn “Kathy” Owen of Plainfield and Karen N. Clymer of West Lafayette 1 Son: Dr. Edward J. (Susan) Northrop of Mulberry 2 Brothers: Robert Northrop of Ohio and Kenneth Northrop of Wisconsin 1 Sister: Jean (Don) Rupe of Florida Step Children: Marcus (Joyce) Jacobs of Frankfort, Glenn (Melissa) Jacobs of Frankfort, Stephen (Denise) Jacobs of West Lafayette, Madonna (David) Stein of Sarasota, FL, Teresa (Ernie) Lewis of Bremen, TX and Nena (Najib) Hakmati of Burke, VA 7 Grandchildren, 16 Step Grandchildren and 2 Great Grandchildren

Preceded by:

He was preceded in death by his first wife and son-in-law, James H. Owen in 2010


10 Condolences for “George Edward Northrop”

  1. Reta Cambridge Wallace November 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Dear Kathryn, Ed and Karen – so sorry to hear that your dad passed away. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. I have fond memories of him when Kathryn and I rode to work together at Purdue that summer after high school graduation. He was a real teaser and accused me of working in the veterinary school just to find me a husband – which I did four years later. Ha! Please know that you and your family have our sincere sympathy. Love, Reta, Denny and family.

  2. Mike & Mary Boruta November 1, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Our Deepest Sympathy to the Northrop and Jacobs Families.
    Your all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Your “Stewart” cousins in MI.
    Mike & Mary Boruta
    Jean (Amthor) Boruta

  3. Brian Planker November 2, 2011 at 9:29 am

    I never knew George Northrop, but I have known his daughter Kathy for 22 years. If a child is any measure of a parent, he must have been a great man. Much love and prayers to the family. God is great.
    Brian Planker

  4. Mark Wilhelm November 2, 2011 at 9:34 am

    To Kathy:
    Your support for Purdue has always been very obvious. Now knowing of your father’s service to the university for 35 years, I now understand that your love for the Black and Gold has always been twofold.

  5. Bucky November 2, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Just wanted to say because of Grandpa George I have had the BEST childhood memories a kid could ask for. Thank you Grandpa U will be missed and forever in my heart.

  6. Bev Rink November 3, 2011 at 7:42 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your Plainfield family is here for you with open arms.

  7. Alvina Hilborn November 3, 2011 at 10:44 am

    My Prayers and Love to you and Family, May God Bless and Comfort you during this time. Just know that you can always hold on to God’s unchanging Hand. Please, If you need me, I’m just around the hallway at Plainfield Middle School.

  8. Linda & Dave Swain November 3, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Kathryn, Karen and Ed:
    Your family is joined by many others who knew and loved your dad! All of us remember him for his physical strength, his humor, and his caring for others. He diligently did whatever he could to better about any situation as best he was able. That he recognized us when he was ill in September was amazing! We were glad that we had had that brief time together with him. He was proud of each one of you, as also was your mom. His warm, chuckling laugh is one that can’t be forgotten. The joy he found in life was so contagious! We love you and your growing families.
    Martha and family:
    George loved you and cared for you. He was delighted at the antics of the little ones in your lives and quick to share stories about them with us whenever we visited with him. We usually saw him whenever we came to Indiana, but not always. Thank you for making him part of your family as well as ours. We love you for how well you loved him.
    The Northrop/Swain/Schimmel/Stewart//Jacobs bond is a tie that binds us together in the love of God through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. We join you as you celebrate George’s life.
    In loving memory!
    Linda and Dave Swain

  9. Judii K Hudspith November 3, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    To Martha and Family.
    I am so sorry for your loss of George. He was a Great Friend with such a sense of humor. I know he will be sadly missed.Please know how much I love and appreciate all of you..Blessings and Love…Judii K. Hudspith.

  10. Chris & Suellen Myers November 6, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Dear Ed & Mary Katheryn,
    My husband, Chris, & I attend the 1st Naz. in Frankfort. We are very sorry to hear of your dad’s death.
    Suellen Corwin Myers, Clinton Central class of ’65
    Ed, you took care of our poodles, Blondie & Cookie.

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