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November 19, 2012

George Niedermayer

1924-2012


— George John Niedermayer, born the fifth and youngest child to parents, Van and Kathryn (Strifler) Niedermayer, who had immigrated to America from Elek Hungary in the early 1900’s.  The family lived in Bloomington, IL. where his older siblings were born and then later moved to a farm near Muskogee, Oklahoma where George was born the 6th of July, 1924.  Mr. Niedermayer served his country with pride during World War II, surviving the European conflict during combat in the Battle of the Bulge, and was decorated with the Bronze Star.  

George passed away on Sunday, November 18, 2012 to be with our Heavenly Father and will be missed by his loving family and host of friends.

He began his early school days, grades 1-6, attending Fairview Elementary School, in Muskogee.  The family moved for a short time to Fort Gibson, Oklahoma where he attended classes before returning to Muskogee to complete his elementary school years while at Whittier Elementary School.  After attending grades 7-12 at Muskogee Central High School, George graduated with the class of 1942.  

At the age of 19 years old, during the spring of 1943, he enlisted with the United States Army.  George traveled out to Camp Roberts, California to attend a grueling 18 weeks of Basic Training, continuing on and completing his military training at Camp Blanding, Florida with the CADRE Infantry Unit.  Shortly after June 6, 1944, D-Day, George was sent to Mississippi for Advanced Infantry Training, given a 2 week furlough pass he was able to spending Christmas of 1944 with his family in Muskogee.  In late 1944, reporting to Camp Patrick Henry in Boston, Massachusetts, his unit prepared to sail to Europe on a Victory ship which was scheduled to arrive in Le Havre, France.  Upon arrival in Europe, George was assigned with the 83rd Infantry Cavalry Mechanized Recon Troop and gained the rank of Sergeant.   The 83rd Infantry Cavalry succeeded in pushing the German troops back, and raced toward Germany, only to be stopped 25 miles from Berlin, Germany at the Elbe River, and ordered to allow the Russians to take Berlin.  History was made and the US victory was completed.  Sometime after Europe’s VE Day, May 8, 1945, George left Europe and arrived in the US, sailing into New York City harbor where he began his journey back home traveling by train from Fort Dix, NJ.  After days of long travel, he reached the end of his military journey at Fort Chaffee in Fort Smith, AR.  He was honorably discharged and ended his US Army military service.  

The fall of 1946 provided a new start as a civilian again as George began his college education at the two year Muskogee Junior College where he gained his Associates Degree.  He then completed his Business Administration Degree graduating with two diplomas, Oklahoma State A & M and Oklahoma State University, due to the college name change in 1950, the year of his graduation.

Upon graduation, George was hired by Jamie Parker, grandson of the infamous Fort Smith, Arkansas “Hanging Judge Parker”, to work at Automotive, Inc. in Muskogee, Oklahoma.  During this time, he met and later married Illmo, Missouri native, Vivian Doris Uelsmann in Muskogee on June 1, 1952.  From this union, the couple was blessed with two daughters, Vicky Lynne and Linda Kae.

In 1954, George began his business career with the Oklahoma State School for the Blind Institutue.  He was hired by Superintendent Richard “Dick” Carter, as the Business Manager, where he worked for 35 years until his retirement in the late 1980’s.  After his retirement, George enjoyed his hobbies, an avid golfer, bowler, eagle scout, and supporter of his beloved OSU Cowboys, St. Louis Cardinals, and traveling.  George married Charlene Yvonne Whittington on November 21, 1992 in Muskogee, Oklahoma.  Their union joined each of their families together from previous marriages and blessed him with many happy memories.

Those preceding him in death and welcoming him in Heaven are his parents, Van and Kathryn, his siblings, Barbara Snow, Kathryn Schilt, his brother, Joe Niedermayer, his nephews, Joe Neil Niedermayer and Kirk Williamson.

Surviving loved ones include his wife, Charlene of the home; his daughter, Vicky L. Cummings and husband Jerry of Broken Arrow, OK., her two children and his grandsons, Jarrod Armstrong and wife Kendra and daughters, Briana and Brittney of Ft. Gibson, OK., and Kevin Armstrong and wife Memory and daughter Isabella of Muskogee, OK.  His daughter, Linda K. Moore and husband Michael of Broken Arrow, OK., her two children and his grandchildren, Craig Moore and Shelby Moore; his daughter, Teri Edge and husband Bud of Muskogee, and granddaughter Erin Edge of Tulsa, OK., his daughter, Lisa Wilson and husband Tommy, and grandchildren Taylor and Tanner of Ft. Gibson, OK., his daughter, Cheryl Jones of Houston, TX., and grandchildren Brande Pfenning and husband Kurt of Norman and their child, Kitty, and Sherri Lynn Neal and husband Darrell of Houston, TX. and children, his son, Dale Childress and grandchildren, Erica, Shawna, and Matt of Muskogee; his sister, Teresa Bergmann of Muskogee; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Mr. Niedermayer will be laid to rest 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at Fort Gibson National Cemetery in Fort Gibson, OK. with full military honors with Mr. Wendell Cox officiating.  Pallbearers will be Bud Edge, Tommy Wilson, Tanner Wilson, Kevin Armstrong, Jared Armstrong, Michael Moore, Craig Moore, and Doug Robertson.

Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory, 1830 North York Street, Muskogee, OK.  Condolences may be sent to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com