John "Rick' George

March 10, 1941 - November 28, 2016
Traverse City, MI



At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Peninsula Community Library
2699 Island View Rd
Traverse City, MI 49686

Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan c/o MSU Extension-Leelanau County
Suite 107, 8527 E. Government Center Dr.
Suttons Bay, MI 49682

Life Story / Obituary


John Richard 'Rick' George, 75, of Traverse City died November 28, 2016.

Rick was born March 10, 1941 in Detroit, Michigan to John and Bertha (Eskola) George. He graduated from Royal Oak High School and continued his education at Henry Ford Community College.

He married his loving wife Sally in December 22, 1959 in Ohio and had three children. Rick started his career at Paramount Engineering, Graphic Engineering and Ford Motor Company. He then went to work for General Motors in graphic illustration, retiring in 2000. Rick and Sally moved to Traverse City in October of the same year.

Rick was an Advanced Master Gardener and received the MSU Extension, Volunteer of the Year Award in 2015. He was member of Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan and Cherryland Garden Club. He volunteered with the Courts to help children through the gardening program. He also volunteered at the Peninsula Community Library working on the memorial garden, walks and runs. He had a passion for fishing, deer and duck hunting. Rick even made decoys for duck hunting.

Rick is survived by his wife Sally (Snyder) George of Traverse City; children, Greg (Sue) George of Centerline, Todd (Karen) George of Royal Oak, and Tracy (Tim) Austin of Royal Oak; grandchildren, John, Rick, Robert and Ben; sisters, Theresa Harding of Traverse City and Rebecca Schaafsma of Ann Arbor.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Bertha George.

Private family services are being held. Memorial Contributions can be made in Rick's name to the Peninsula Community Library at 2699 Island View Rd, Traverse City, MI 49686 or Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan, c/o MSU Extension - Leelanau County, Suite 107, 8527 E. Government Center Dr. Suttons Bay, MI 49682. Please visit to sign the guest book and share your thoughts and memories with the family. The family chose Life Story Funeral Home of Traverse City.