George W. Colling

Friday, May 18, 2007

Aug. 22, 1922-May 17, 2007

AUGUSTA, Kan. -- George W. Colling, 84, of Augusta, Kan., passed away, Thursday, May 17th, 2007.

Viewing will be from 1-5 p.m. Monday at Headley Funeral Chapel. Rosary 7 pm Monday and Mass 10 am Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at St. James Catholic Church, Augusta. Burial will be at CavalryCemetery, Augusta.

George William Colling was born Aug 22.1922, at home in McCook, Neb.

He was preceded in death by his father, Louis Colling; mother, Susan O'Dea, brothers, Bernard and Donald; sisters, Lucille Hill and Mildred Stratman; wives, Rebecca Combow of 53 years and Goldie (Young) Brown of 3 years; and son, William Colling.

He is survived by brothers, Harold and Joseph; sisters, Doris Clifton and Marge Malleck; sons, Martin (Jean Hochevar), Bradly (Marsha Towne), Bruce (Chris Jennings) and Brian (Loan); 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1943 as a corpsman then transferred to the 3rd Army, 65th Infantry with Gen. George W. Patton until 1945.

He worked with the Nebraska Rural Electric in McCook, Neb., and moved in 1951 as the "Wichita Lineman."

He was employed with Boeing as an Electrical Planner troubleshooter on the B47 and B52. He transferred to Delaware Country, Pa., in 1963 and worked on the Huey Helicopters with Boeing Vertol Division until moving back to Augusta in 1979 where he retired from Boeing after 33 years.

George is mostly known as a man who practiced "The Beatitudes." His legacy was his service to the community. He was a Boy Scout leader, Baseball and Basketball coach for over 25 years. He was recognized by the Kansas Governor, Secretary of the Army, Chief of Staff and the Director of the Veterans Affairs for his service as Veterans Service Office for the American Legion. He provided transportation for veterans, hospital visitations, Honor Guard at funerals, and provided veteran's grave markers as far back as the Civil War.

George and Becky's involvement at St. James Catholic Church included being a Eucharist Minister, home bound and nursing home visitors, ushers, and they were extremely active at the annual Ice Cream Social. As 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, they received numerous Family and Knight of the year for both District and Council.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. James Knights of Columbus Seminarian Fund of Augusta, Kan., or Kansas Veterans Home.