|Birth: ||Sep. 5, 1911|
|Death: ||Dec. 29, 2012|
Alvin Francis McGeorge, 101, of Fremont died peacefully Dec. 29, 2012, at his daughter Jackie's residence in Monterey, Tenn.
Al was born in Redbird to Marion F. and Amy Thayer McGeorge on Sept. 5,1911. He was the fourth of eight children, four boys and four girls.
He was preceded in death by his spouse of 59 years, Grace Petersen Kolbo McGeorge, in January 2011.
He is survived by sons, Earl F. (JoAnna) McGeorge of Tucson, Ariz., and Gerald McGeorge of North Carolina; daughters, Beverly Paye Platte of Tucson and Jackie (Dale) Dinse on Monterey, Tenn.; stepchildren, Christine Ashley (Gary Loyland) of Fremont and Jerry (Nella) Kolbo of North Loup. He is also survived by his sister, Opal Kriebs of Omaha, as well as numerous nieces and nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
He moved at a young age with his parents and siblings to Monowi (with a peak population of 123 and now considered the smallest town in the USA with a population of 1). He moved in 1927 to Wausa, where he hunted and raised rabbits to sell the fur, worked at a bakery making bread before school, competed in track and was the center on the high school football team.
He remained an avid fisherman, hunter and gun lover, shooting game for food only.
In 1931, he moved to Omaha and worked for the Elks Club and the Paxton Hotel, cutting, hauling and delivering blocks of ice during the day, and worked as a boilermaker welding tanks at night. In 1933, he began work for Gottlieb Storz, founder of the Storz Brewing Company, at his home and at the brewery, sometimes delivering beer with a team of horses. He remained there until the brewery closed in 1972. He then worked at K&K Distributing Co., retiring at age 70 in 1981.
He and his wife Grace were avid horsemen, and owned an acreage with a riding ring in Northwest Omaha, where they stabled their own and others horses. He built a pole barn single-handedly, building his own rigging equipment, while Grace was in Europe.
They traveled extensively to England, Europe, Canada, Hawaii and throughout the United States. They retired to Woodcliff Lakes near Fremont, then to Rockbrook Village, Omaha, and their final residence was Nye Square Independent Living, Fremont, from November 1995 to 2011.
He went on yearly trail rides through Arizona with the famous Western artist, Olaf Wieghorst. He and Olaf had in common that they were both thrown by a highly spirited horse at age 80, but got back on and continued their rides.
He was a member of the Eagles Aerie 38, Omaha, for 70 years and also was an active member of Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF). Alvin received the Melvin Jones Fellow award in 1997 for his commitment to serving the world community. He received a computer at age 90, and loved sending emails and jokes to friends. He was also recognized on his 100th birthday by Scott Getzschman, Mayor of Fremont, who read a proclamation of his life, which was the first, of his seven 100-year birthday celebrations.
Al (Grandpa Owl) loved children, and was an exceptional grandparent. He was delighted to be able to have his last days filled with the company of his granddaughter, Mishelle, and her four children, grandson Brett and his daughter, and daughter Jackie and son-in-law Dale in their beautiful lake home in the Cumberland Gap of Tennessee.
Cremation took place at Dyer Funeral Home in Cookeville, Tenn. Interment at a later date will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery by Kremer Funeral Home, Omaha.
Memorials are suggested to the Woodcliff Lions Club, Fremont, Frank Dolejs, 2012-2013 president, at 402-676-7522.
Marion Francis McGeorge (1882 - 1969)
Amy Ruth Thayer McGeorge (1883 - 1964)
Virginia Mae Craig McGeorge (1921 - 1973)
Grace Petersen McGeorge (1908 - 2011)
Lillian Dorothy Helen Bartlett Venable (1916 - 1994)*
Twins McGeorge (1935 - 1935)*
Raymond Theodore McGeorge (1905 - 1992)*
Lena Faye McGeorge Chaffee (1908 - 1992)*
Alda Rosella McGeorge Brown (1909 - 1998)*
Alvin Francis McGeorge (1911 - 2012)
Melvin Chester McGeorge (1913 - 1988)*
Royal Arthur McGeorge (1915 - 1916)*
Edith Mae McGeorge Storms (1917 - 2011)*
Forest Lawn Memorial Park
Plot: Section 20, Lot 78, Grave 6
Created by: Jackie
Record added: Jan 04, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 103081530
Added: Nov. 29, 2014
Added: Nov. 29, 2014