George G. Case, 82, of Kingsley, died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2005, at Royal C. Johnson Veterans Memorial Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D., following a courageous battle with cancer.
George G. Case was born April 9, 1922, at Kingsley, the son of Grant and Charlotta (Kisting) Case. He grew up at Kingsley and graduated from Kingsley High School in 1940. George joined the Army Reserves in 1941, and had basic training at Camp Claybourne, La. He served with the 133rd Infantry 34th division Company K, known as the Red Bulls. They were mobilized to Ireland for training and then to Africa and Italy until the surrender in 1945. During his honorable military career, he earned three Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star and a Silver Star among numerous other medals.
George married Bonnie R. Lou Mills on July 3, 1945, at Cedar Falls.
He graduated in 1948 from Iowa State Teachers College (now University of Northern Iowa). In 1948, he began teaching and coaching in the Belle Plaine, Estherville and Graettinger areas.
In 1958, he started a sales job with General Mills in Sioux Falls, S.D., followed by a job in sales with Span American Boats in Ft. Dodge. In 1973, he started his newspaper career as the manager of the Rocket in Le Mars. From there he moved on to be the publisher of the Knoxville Reminder in Knoxville, for several years, moving to Le Mars in 1986 to be the co-owner of the Leader Shopper's Guide until his retirement in 1990. After retirement he did many odd-and-end jobs to keep busy.
He was a member of American Legion Nash Post 140 in Kingsley and was a past commander. He was also a member of the Masons.
He enjoyed ballroom dancing, golf, most sports, a good home-cooked meal, the 3 D's, and spending time with his family.
Survivors include one son and his wife, Grant and Mary Case of Ackworth, Ga.; two daughters and their husbands, Diane and Mike Evans of McCook Lake S.D., and Michelle and Bill Plendl of Sioux City;
six grandchildren, Shannon and Monte Jost of Le Mars, Mike and Kristie Evans of Canfield, Ohio, Kaden and Tami Thieman of Holden, Mo., Elisha Evans of McCook Lake, S.D., Emily Case and Sarah Case of Ackworth Ga.; seven great-grandchildren, Amanda and Dylan Hawkins, Montanna, Eryn, and Zack Jost, all of Le Mars, Mason Evans of Canfield, Ohio, and Brayden Evans of McCook Lake, S.D.; one brother, Walt Case of Le Mars; two sisters and their husbands, Blanche and Tex Turner of Iowa Falls, and Alice and Max Rasmussen of Sioux City; several nieces and nephews; and his very special friend Ardy Baker, of Quimby.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie in 1992; and a great-granddaughter, Samantha Hawkins in 2001.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Rohde-Earnest Funeral Home in Kingsley. Inurnment will follow at the Kingsley Cemetery. There will be no visitation.
Honorary pallbearers will be his six grandchildren.