|Birth: ||Jun. 18, 1922|
|Death: ||Dec. 17, 2009|
Wichita Eagle, Sunday, December 20, 2009
Avery, George William, 87, passed away, Thursday, December 17, 2009 after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's. George was born, June 18, 1922 in Kearny, Nebraska. George joined the Army in 1939 and soon met the love of his life Eylene in Beaver, Arkansas, and they married on December 22, 1940. He trained for combat in Oregon with the 104th division known as the Timberwolves. As a forward observer for the Timberwolves in Germany, George earned the Silver Star and the Bronze star for his heroism, as well as a Battlefield Commission. Journalist Andy Rooney followed George for days, doing a story for the "Army Times." George may have saved Andy's life! George moved his family to Wichita after the war and worked for the Flemings Company and soon returned to active duty in the Army as an officer. During the 1950-1960s, George and Eylene, and sons Bob and Wayne traveled extensively. George returned to Germany for duty with his family. Next, he was stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He also spent a year in Iran with his own translator working to avoid war. Major Avery taught artillery at Fort Sill, Oklahoma for three years, for which he was rewarded a three-year assignment at Scholfield Barracks, Hawaii. Finally, while stationed at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Major Avery retired from the Army. He then spent 20 years working in Wichita at Cessna Aircraft Wallace Division, as a buyer/supervisor. His wife of 61 years, Matilda Eylene Avery; brother, Charles Avery; and grandson, Christopher Avery, preceded George in death. His sons, Robert W. Avery of Burleson, Texas, and Wayne and Nancy Avery of Wichita survive him. George also leaves to mourn his passing two sisters-in-law, Gail Ronk and Barbara Matfield of Wichita. Four beloved grandchildren remain to carry on his legacy: Robbie Avery, Mike Avery of Missouri, Jennifer Avery Hadfield of McMinnville, Oregon and Craig D. Avery of Wichita. George leaves behind five great-grandchildren, Jason and Justin Avery of Texas, Skyler Williams, of Dushore, Pennsylvania and Max and Josie Hadfield of McMinnville, Oregon. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, December 21, 2009, at Broadway Mortuary. A memorial has been established with Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice. Send condolences at www.CozineMemorial.com. Services by Broadway Mortuary.
Lakeview Cemetery & Mausoleum
Created by: The Old Genealogist
Record added: Dec 20, 2009
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