WAKARUSA — Keith Lamar George, 81, died after a short illness Thursday at 8:25 a.m. at Miller’s Merry Manor in Wakarusa.
He was born Oct. 18, 1931 in Nappanee, to Herbert H. and Mabel (Ervin) George. He was a lifetime resident of the Wakarusa area. He attended Hepton Schools. Keith owned and operated Wakarusa Sawmill Inc. for 35 years, and after retirement, worked for Horizon Transport for 25 years.
He was a member of the Wakarusa United Methodist Church and the Wakarusa Lions Club. He was also a member of the Elkhart Trotting and Pacing Association and the Elkhart Moose Lodge.
He married Kathryn Metheny on Sept. 1, 1964, in Elkhart. She preceded him in death June 4, 2000.
He is survived by his daughters, Donna Kaye Clark, Janice (Alan) Davidhizar, and Annette (Steve) Brown, all of Wakarusa; son, Donnie Carl (Linda) Swanson of Chicago; eight grandchildren, Derek Swanson, Heidi Jo (Ben) Wootten, Melissa K. (JR) Martin, Traci Davidhizar, Troy (Erica) Davidhizar, Nicholas (Steph) Brown, Nathan (Shyla) Brown and Neal Brown; nine great-grandchildren; and brothers, Billy and Ronnie George, both of Wakarusa. He was preceded in death by his brother, Wayne George.
Friends and family may call Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m. at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home in Wakarusa, and an hour prior to the 10:30 a.m. funeral service Monday at the Wakarusa United Methodist Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Ed Geleske.
Burial will follow at South Union Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Wakarusa United Methodist Church or to the Wakarusa Lions Club.
To leave an online message of condolence for the family, visit www.tlyfh.com.