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William E. "Bill" George
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ERIE — William E. "Bill" George, 92, longtime Erie resident, died Dec. 2 in the emergency room of Labette Health in Parsons. He was born Jan. 24, 1918, in Erie, to Fred and Edith (Heady) George. He graduated from Erie High School in 1937, from Parsons Junior College in 1941 and from Pittsburg State University in 1941.

During World War II he served in the U. S. Army Air Force. For 40 years he operated a general insurance agency in Erie. His office was in the Erie Savings and Loan Association building and he also worked there. Through his adult years he also farmed part time.

He was a member of the First Christian Church of Erie, the Erie American Legion and the V.F.W. in Parsons. He served on the Neosho Fair Board for 25 years.

On Nov. 1, 1940 he married Ava Kinne, in El Dorado. She preceded him in death on Oct. 8, 2004.

Survivors include: son, Dale E. George and his wife Joann of Albert; daughter, Kay of LaCygne; five grandchildren, Jenifer Vanskike and husband Rob, their children Megan, Todd and wife Amanda, and their son Gavin, all of Great Bend, Brenda Fish and husband Craig of Wichita, Marilyn Ille and husband Mike of Hoisington, Bruce George of Marion, Gary George and his children Ashlynn and Bailey all of Great Bend; and three sisters ,Freeda Pierce of Texas, Janice Hazen of Holden, Mo., and Janette Phelps of Parsons; and numerous nieces and nephews

Preceding him in death was his wife, Ava; three brothers, Hollis, Leon, and Fred, Jr.; and three sisters, Lucille Malson, Dortha Johnson and Louise Brasier.

The memorial service will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday at the First Christian Church in Erie. Burial will be in East Hill Cemetery with military honors given by the Brown Bishop Post # 704, Veterans of Foreign Wars. Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church, the Erie American Legion or the V.F.W. of Parsons. Online condolences may be left at

Carson-Wall Funeral Home*

112 N. 26th St.

Parsons, KS 67357

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Dec. 5, 2010