Garry Dean George


Garry Dean George was born July 13, 1943, in Dodge City, Kan., to Fay and Genevieve George. Garry grew up in Plains, Kan., and graduated from Plains High School in 1961. He attended classes at Southwestern College and Kansas State University. He moved his family to Edmond, Okla., in 1977. During his career, Garry excelled in the information technology field. He was employed by Ideal Foods in Kansas and in Oklahoma with Fleming Foods and the State of Oklahoma. Before retirement in 2011, Garry participated in the State of Oklahoma Data Center project.
On Oct. 17, 1987, Garry and Barbara Petree married and blended their two families. Garry loved riding his motorcycle. He earned his Iron Butt license plate and was planning at least one more such endurance adventure. He also restored vintage bikes to perfection. His other interests included sailing, TaiChi, firearms and most recently, photography. He was licensed as a general aviation pilot. A grandson asked him after a special birthday flight, "Papa, is there anything you can't do?"
Garry passed away peacefully at his home on July 18, 2019, after a courageous battle with ALS.
Garry is survived by his wife, Barbara; mother, Genevieve George of Edmond, Okla.; sister, Sandra Wertenberger of Lees Summit, Mo.; children: Kimberly and Darrell Downing of Norman, Okla.; Brian George and Andrea Lay of Norman, Okla.; Larry and Lori Petree of Evergreen, Colo.; Brian and Stacy Petree of North Canton, Ohio; and Linda and Tom Blackman of West Dundee, Ill.; grandchildren: Parker and Mariah Kugler of Perkins, Okla.; Cole Kugler of Norman, Okla.; Jason and Stacie Downing of Tacoma, Wash.; Zach Petree and Noah Petree of Evergreen, Colo.; McKenna Petree and Jamason Petree of North Canton, Ohio; and Collin Blackman and Evan Blackman of West Dundee, Ill.
Garry was preceded in death by his father, Fay George; grandparents, Jerry and Verna Golliher, and Clarence and Faye Marie George; and many beloved aunts and uncles.
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 2019 at the Crawford Family Funeral Service, 610 NW 178th Street, Edmond, OK.
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Lana Fox Miller
Jul 29, 2019
Garry was an outstanding trumpet player in high school band. I was privileged to learn from him. My sympathy to his family and to Sandy.
Daniel L Whan
Jul 27, 2019
Garry was one of the nicest and friendliest guys of that age group that I knew. Love and prayers to Sandy and her mother.
Jeff Johnston
Jul 27, 2019
So sad to see another plainsman depart for a better place, in heaven. My condolences and prayers to Sandy his sister and his entire family.
Pam Stewart Mock
Jul 27, 2019
Condolences on the passing of Gary. We were classmates through elementary and and junior high in Plains. I have many good memories of the days in Plains, and will remember Gary, always. I am so sorry for your loss.