George S. Deering_______________________
With his family by his side, George passed peacefully into the hands of the Lord on July 11, 2014 after a long struggle with cancer.
George entered this world on October 2, 1943 in New Underwood. He was the ninth child of twelve born to Oscar and Ruth Deering. George grew up in the Wasta area and went to the Powers School. He then attended high school at New Underwood, where he graduated in 1961. He joined the US NAVY right after high school and served on the ship Chevalier. When he was honorably discharged from the Navy, he worked for various ranchers around Western South Dakota while attending college at Black Hills State College. He also worked for some ranches in the South West.
George was a kind, generous man with a terrific sense of humor. His family meant everything to him and he especially liked to lead the "Happy Birthday" song at birthday events. He also enjoyed dancing, especially to 60s Country music. George loved telling stories, and loved to embellish them to make them more interesting. He was a huge Denver Bronco and Colorado Rockies fan and whenever there was a game on he was in front of the TV supporting them. He loved horses and cattle and enjoyed his time on the ranches and in the feed lots. George was very knowledgeable in history and geology as he loved to read.
In 1969, he married Karen Soderquist and to this union one son, Joel Deering was born. George moved to Colorado in 1971 where he attended CSU. He worked for Monforts in the feed lots for 28 years. In 1975, he married Kathy Weitzel and to this union one son Ben, and one daughter Elizabeth, were born. He lived in Roggen, Greeley, and Evans, Colo., during this time.
In 2002, he married Sandra Cox, a high school friend, and then lived in Loveland, Colo., the remainder of his life. He worked at various jobs: the US Post Office, CDOT, Construction, and then Avis/Budget until he got cancer and was no longer able to work. They enjoyed several special trips together and sharing their love of both families.
George is survived by his wife, Sandy of Loveland; son, Joel (Kandi McMurtrey), Wasta, son, Ben, (Tonya) Deering, Greeley, and daughter, Elizabeth (Mike) Armstrong, Kersey, Colo.; eight grandchildren: Cheyenne, Autumn, John, Sheridan, James and Daniel Deering, Garrett Armstrong and Anna Deering.
He is also survived by his step daughters, Lori Ashley, Rapid City, Amy (Rob) Todd, Brighton, Colo., Jaime (Andy) Markowski, Lincoln, Neb.; and one stepson, Michael (Shannon) Gebhardt, Westby, Mont.; and 12 step-grandchildren, Isabella and Olivia Ashley, Karly, Taylor, Morgan and Brady Todd, Alexis, Adison, Ava and Jake Markowski, and Cole and Rylie Gebhardt.
He is also survived by his sisters: Joan Fenner Sutton, Rapid City, Linda (Butch) Pipal, Piedmont, Kathy Deering, Sacramento, Calif.; brother, Pat (Frankie) Deering, Belle Fourche; sisters-in-law, Mary Deering, Union Mills, Ind., Bobby Deering, Buckeye, Ariz., Dorothy Anderson, Wasta; brother-in-law, Vernie Schnose of Hot Springs; and numerous nieces and nephews who were very fond of their Uncle George. Sandy's family also survives him.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters: Jean, Joyce, and Carolyn; and his brothers, Dennis, John, Jim, and Bud.
A Celebration of George’s Life was held Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Rapid City with Pastor David Piper and Father Bill Zandri officiating. Burial with full military honors followed at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to “St. Jude’s Hospital” or “AG Scholarship Fund” or “Colorado Youth Outdoors” in care of Sandra Cox, 2003 Grays Peak Drive #101, Loveland, CO 80538.
Family and friends may sign George’s online guest book at www.kirkfuneralhome.com