George Novak - Ridgecrest, Calif. - 1920-2011 - Daily Independent, Apr 29, 2011
George passed peacefully in his sleep at home in Ballarat on April 8, 2011, where he resided with son Rocky Novak. George was 90 years young. George was born and raised on a farm in Whiting, Kan., on April 26, 1920. He worked as a cowboy/rancher. He served in World War II while stationed at Fort Richardson. He met the love of his life Linda Durango. They married in 1944.
Shortly after the passing of his wife, he and his son Rocky moved to the Searles Valley where he did construction work for KMC and also the China Lake Naval Weapons Center. In 1972, George claimed land in the Panamint Mountain Range (Novak Camp) and is also known Chris Wickes, where George lived and worked his dream of mining and milling up until his health no longer permitted. George is preceded in death by wife Linda; parents Mr. and Mrs. George Novak, brother Jim Salazar; and cousins Lila Hart and Gerry Chambers. He is survived by son Rocky Novak, nephews and niece Dennis, Donna and Chris Hart; Wayne Chambers and Kennith Cole.
He will be truly missed by family and friends.
A potluck/campout celebration of George’s life will be held in Ballarat on May 21-22.
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