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Obituaries

February 22, 2011

William F. (Bill) George

1925 - 2011

William F. (Bill) George passed away peacefully on February 20, 2011 while surrounded by his family.  He was a devoted husband and loving father, and a man of profound faith.  Bill lived his life with an unwavering sense of compassion for others and was a man of great integrity.  Born April 2, 1925 he spend most of his adult life in Muskogee.  He completed high school at St. Joseph Academy, and attended the University of Minnesota.  He is a decorated World War II veteran, having enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17 to serve our country.  He served three years aboard the U.S.S. Darby, a destroyer escort.  He was an exceptional mechanical engineer and was a lifelong amateur inventor.  He married Phyllis Jean Campbell in 1948.  Early in his career, Bill worked for Corning Glass as a junior process engineer, and then went to work for Philips Petroleum Company in their engineering department.  He ultimately went in to the construction business, and spent most of his working life as a supervisor of public works projects in a variety of cities including Muskogee, Lawton, New Orleans and Memphis.  Bill also worked as a city inspector for Muskogee, Sapulpa and Lawton.  He founded his own construction company in the 1970’s. He earned his pilot’s license in the 1960’s, and loved to fly both for work and pleasure.

Bill is survived by the love of his life, his wife, of 63 years, Phyllis, his five children and six grandchildren.

A  Rosary service will be at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Bryan Brooks officiating.  

Funeral service arrangements are under the direction of Foster-Petering Funeral Home.  Condolences to the family may be made at www.foster-petering.com.

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