George F. Vander Tuig was born Dec. 19, 1919 in Ireton, the son of Nick and Susie (Vander Kooi) Vander Tuig. He was baptized in the Christian Reformed Church in Ireton and confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church (Grant Township) rural Le Mars. He graduated from Ireton High School in 1938. On Aug. 12, 1938, George enlisted in the United States Navy. He served overseas as a radio operator during World War II. He was involved in heavy action in the Southern Pacific Theater, survived the sinking of his ship near Sicily, and was a part of the D-Day Invasion. George also earned the Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged on May 31, 1949
On Dec. 28, 1944, George and Martha Janssen were united in marriage at Christ Lutheran (Grant Township) rural Le Mars. Following George's military service the couple made their home in Kenosha, Wis., where they owned and operated Clear Vue TV. When the Le Mars area first received television signals in 1953 they moved their business to Le Mars. They operated Clear Vue TV until 1982.
George was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars where he served as council president, taught Sunday School, and ushered for many years. He was also a 50-year member of the American Legion Wasmer Post #241, a member of Rotary International, and served on the first board of directors at Brentwood. George enjoyed fishing and golfing.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Martha of Le Mars; a daughter, Sharyl and her husband, the Rev. Curtis Miller of Cottonwood, Minn.; a son, the Rev. Stephen and his wife Jane of Hampton, Neb., and a son, the Rev. Mark and his wife Candice of Altoona; grandchildren Eric and Dawn Miller and their children Sebastian and Charlotte of Portland, Ore.,, Nathan and Sarah Miller and their children Soren and Lydia of Eau Claire, Wis., the Rev. Paul and Marie Miller of Fargo, N.D., Adam Vander Tuig of Grand Island, Neb., Marci Vander Tuig of Lincoln, Neb., Laura Vander Tuig of Des Moines, and Emily Vander Tuig of Altoona.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four sisters.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars. The Rev. Gary Landsness will officiate. Military honors will be provided by Wasmer Post #241 of the American Legion. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today (Friday) at the Mauer - Johnson Funeral Home of Le Mars. The family will be present from 6 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service set for 7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the Memorial Service.
Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com