George William McCormick Jr., 91, of Aurora, passed away at 9:45 p.m., September 30, 2013, at his home. He was born August 7, 1922, to the late George Washington McCormick and Mary Belle (Nowling) McCormick in Pollard Alabama.
George married his loving wife Patricia Ann (McCormick) McCormick on September 22, 1967. They enjoyed 46 years of love and happiness, she survives of the home.
He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his sister, Mary Louise Fennell of Lake City, Florida; his children, Richard Paul McCormick and his wife, Phyllis of Corpus Christi, Texas, Kathryn Gayle Forrester and Deborah Ann Mathiasen and her husband, Niels all of Aurora; 12 grandchildren Brian Richard McCormick of Springfield, Leslie Michele Thornton of Stockton, Robert Tyson Rockwell, Thomas Aaron Horner and his wife, Hilda, Jordan Lynsay Forrester, Jaxi Leigh Forrester, William Robert Stecker, Ashley Nicholette Stecker and Haley Elizabeth Stecker, all from Aurora, Niels Christian Mathiasen III and his wife Dana, Dillon Alexander Mathiasen and Sarah Ashley Mathiasen all from Omaha, Nebraska; 13 great grandchildren and 1 great-great granddaughter; one very special niece Wanda Knowles and her husband, Calvin of Pensacola, Florida.
George was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters Agnes Congleton, Gladys Perritt and Emily Ellen Reuter; four brothers, Allen Layfette (Tom), Earl, Edward and Robert George; son, Robert Roy Rockwell and one great-granddaughter, Reese Michelle Thornton.
George served in the U.S. Army in WWII and was very proud he was one of "Patton's Boys." George completed his military service in the U.S. Army Air Corps and the U.S. Air Force. Upon retiring from the military George worked as an electrical engineer, for Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, California which provided general systems, engineering, and technical direction to the U.S. Air Force rocket programs, to include the Athena, ATLAS, Mercury, and other systems. After his move to Missouri in 1973 George worked as a farmer and businessman in Aurora Missouri, owning the Aurora Agri-Center and later McCormick Rentals.
George devoted his life to his family as well as numerous organizations. He was a member of the Masons, joining Escambia Lodge #15 in Pensacola, Florida, May 18, 1950. He became a Dual member of Canopy Lodge #284 Aurora in February 1986, and later served as master in 1997-98. He served as lodge secretary 2004-2009. In November 1985, George joined the Joplin Scottish Rite where he was raised to his 32nd Degree in Freemasonry, and in December 1985, became a member of the Abou Ben Adhem Shrine in Springfield. On May 20, 2010, George received his 60-year Masonic service pin.
George was also a 26-year member of Queen Esther Chapter #202 of the Order of the Eastern Star, as well as a member of the American Legion and the Elks Lodge. George also served as a member of the Aurora Lions Club for almost 30 years and served the International Organization as District Governor from 1991-92, being installed in Brisbane, Australia, and again from 1998-99, being installed in Birmingham, England.
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A funeral service, under the direction of the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, will be held at 1 p.m., October 4, at the United Methodist Church of Aurora with burial at Maple Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. October 3, in the funeral home chapel.
Memorials to George will be donated to one of his favorite charities, the Mid-South Lions Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee where his fellow Lions continues to give the gift of sight.
Online condolences may be shared at www.CraftonCantrellFuneral