George Wesley Lancaster, age 84, of Kansas City, Mo., died at his home on May 7, 2008, losing a battle against lung cancer.
He was born on Dec. 4, 1923, on the family farm north of Seney, the son of the the late M.J. and Rosabelle Lancaster. He served in the Navy in World War II, leaving the service in June 1946 at a rank of Yeoman Second Class. Mr. Lancaster earned a bachelor of science degree in animal science from Iowa State in 1950. At Iowa State he was a member of Farmhouse Fraternity and participated in livestock judging teams.
On April 9, 1950, he was married to Lucille May Pageler near Merrill.
Mr. Lancaster worked as a farm hand at Edg-Clif Farms, as a tenant farmer near Blockton, Iowa, and worked the Lancaster family farm near Seney until 1959. He started a career with Consumers Cooperative Association, later named Farmland Industries. He retired in 1988 as a management consultant working in the Kansas City, Mo., headquarters.
He was a member of Gashland Presbyterian Church, faithfully teaching a Sunday school class for 10 years. Mr. Lancaster served in the Service Core of Retired Professional Executives (SCORE).
His favorite activities included fishing, gardening, attending Elderhostels around the country and spending time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Lucille; daughter Betsy Reese of Independence, Mo.; sons David and wife Mary Lou of Hillsboro, Kan., Mark and wife Mary, Tom, and Chris and wife Lori, all of Kansas City; nine grandchildren; brothers William and wife Leona of Aurora, Mo.; Robert and wife Lois of Le Mars; a sister Bonnie and husband Dean Shaw of Clarkfield, Minn.; and a brother-in-law Ralph Anderson of Aurora, Ill.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers Edwin and Edgar; sister Evelyn Anderson and son-in-law Michael Reese.
Visitation was at the Mount Moriah Funeral Home Sunday, May 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral services were held at Gashland Presbyterian Church at noon Monday, May 12, with burial at Mount Moriah Terrace Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be directed to to Gashland Presbyterian Church or Grace Hospice.