James L. George

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James L. George, age 83 of Hamel, IL, died Saturday, June 10, 2017, at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Highland, IL.

He was born on Tuesday, July 04, 1933, in Edwardsville, IL, the son of Leslie M. and Ruth E. (nee Russell) George.

On Tuesday, June 26, 1962, he married Gaile P. George nee Laux at College Ave Presbyterian Church, Alton, IL.

He was a former member of the Kiwanis Club, Hamel, IL.

He was born and reared in Edwardsville, IL; graduated from Edwardsville High School in 1951. He attended General Motors Institute (Kettering University), Flint, MI. Active duty with the US Army, stationed at Fairbanks, Alaska, from 1954 to 1956. He attended Shurtleff College, Alton, IL; then SIU, Alton, IL, and graduated with a BA. He worked for Shell Oil Co., Wood River, IL, in the research lab; later worked for Florist Mutual, Edwardsville, IL, as a valuator and inspector, from 1961 to 1997. He enjoyed boating; owned and operated a cruiser, cruising the Mississippi. He cruised to Kentucky Lake and the Louisiana Byou from Alton, IL.

Survivors include:
Wife – Gaile P. George, nee Laux, Worden, IL
Daughter – Sharon L. (David) Hipskind, Shiloh, IL
Daughter – Kathryn L. (Michael) Butcher, Tunas, MO
Son – Michael E. George, Purcellville, VA
Grandchild – Erik (Heather) Winklmeier, Brighton, IL
Grandchild – Josh Winklmeier, Waterloo, IL
Grandchild – Patrick George, Purcellville, VA
Grandchild – Connor George, Purcellville, VA
Great Grandchild – Chase Winklmeier, Brighton, IL.

He was preceded in death by:
Father – Leslie Miles George (died 1995)
Mother – Ruth E. George (died 1996).

Arrangements are being handled by Dauderman Mortuary, Hamel, IL.

Services will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to Five A’s, Alton, IL.

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