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George William Durant, Jr
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Birth: Jul. 15, 1917
Harper County
Kansas, USA
Death: May 15, 2009
Harper County
Kansas, USA

His father was George William Durant, Sr. and his mother was Florence Ella (Smart) Durant. George married Thelma Mae Campbell on September 7, 1939 and of this union four children were born: Jack, Janet, Glenda and Georgia. Thelma died December 3, 1988. He married Betty Glen Morse Patterson on August 24, 1990. Betty died March 22, 2007. George was preceded in death by both of his parents; his sister, Bernice Reida; his son, Jack Leon Durant; and both of his wives. He is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law: Janet and Bob Highfill, Georgia and Phil Ricker, all of Anthony, and Glenda and Ron Hale of Duncan, OK. He has two living sisters, Margaret and husband, Gene Weber of Wichita and Marietta Newton of El Dorado, KS. George has 15 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by five stepchildren: Steve Patterson and wife, Cathy of Robinson, Jo Mills, Beth Barker and Cathy Muhlenbruch, all of Harper, and Guy Patterson and wife, Della of Anthony.

George attended grade school at Saint Rose Academy in Danville and high school in Harper. He was always active in his church and was a member of Saint Joan of Arc Parish Community in Harper County. He served his first mass in Danville as an Altar Boy at the age of 7. He continued through 17 Priests until age 91 when he decided to turn over that duty to some younger Altar Servers. He was a Lector and an Usher as well. As a young man he served in the Merchant Marine until January 7, 1939 and then was a fireman with the Santa Fe Railroad. He was in the Knights of Columbus. He was a volunteer fireman in Anthony for 20 years. He served on the Anthony Hospital Board for 6 years. He was also active with his son, Jack, in the Boy Scouts of America.

George was a partner and later sole owner of Campbell and Durant Construction until his retirement in 1982. During his working years he built many homes and remodeled a lot more in Harper County. He also built the current school and Parish Hall in Danville, the original part of the Anthony Hospital and Clinic, several Catholic schools around the state, and numerous State Buildings including the one in Anthony. Through Campbell and Durant Construction, George sponsored a number of bowling teams and he and his first wife, Thelma, bowled some themselves.

He enjoyed his retirement, and at 70 took computer classes to put all of his geneology on his computer. He started making rosaries for the Universal Living Rosary Association at age 80. When asked how many he had made, he always replied, "5,000 and then I quit counting." He made many rosaries for Catholic Chaplains in San Antonio, TX for the U.S. Air Force. In 2003, he joined a group making all cord rosaries for the military in Iraq. The rosaries that he made in those 11 years were sent to missions all over the world.

Inurnment will be in Forest Park Cemetery, Anthony.

Family links: 
  George William Durant (1892 - 1982)
  Florence Ella Smart Durant (1896 - 1983)
  Thelma Campbell Durant (1919 - 1988)*
  Betty Morse Durant (____ - 2007)*
  Bernice Esther Durant Reida (1915 - 1967)*
  George William Durant (1917 - 2009)
  Margaret C. Durant Weber (1930 - 2011)*
*Calculated relationship
Forest Park Cemetery
Harper County
Kansas, USA
Created by: Trish
Record added: May 18, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 37237592
George William Durant, Jr
Added by: Trish
George William Durant, Jr
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- Debra A. Felger
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 Added: Nov. 21, 2010

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