OBITUARY

Leslie G. George

September 23, 1920June 29, 2014

George, Leslie G. Ann Arbor, Michigan Boyne City, Michigan Mt. Morris, Michigan

Born September 23, 1920 in Flint, Michigan to Guy and Anna Marie (Anderson) George, Leslie was the beloved husband of Doris M. (Sweet) George for 71 years. Leslie and Doris were married at the First Baptist Church in Mt. Morris on December 5, 1942. He is survived by his wife Doris, two sons, Leslie (Pamela), Ann Arbor, Paul (Carla), Ann Arbor, and one daughter, Mary Jane (Theodore) Bunker, Grand Blanc, his sister, Mary Ann (Bill) Hogan, Milan, six grandchildren, Stacey Aldred, David George, Suzanne George, Christine Simpson, Andrew Bunker, Catherine Hitt, nine great grandchildren, Brianna and Madelynn George, Andrew and Grace Simpson, Hannah Reish, Theodore and Charlotte Bunker, Chloe and Charles Hitt, and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother, Jack, and sisters, Shirley and Alversa.

Leslie graduated from Mt. Morris High School in 1938, where he received the American Legion Award, and where he thoroughly enjoyed its debate team winning many debates. He attended the University of Michigan, graduated from General Motors Institute of Technology (GMI), and the Harvard Business School Executive Management Institute. During WWII, Leslie served his country with the United States Air Force in Goldsboro, North Carolina, Denver, Colorado, and Midland, Texas

Leslie served nine years on the Mt. Morris School Board of Education and ten years on the Genesee County Intermediate School Board of Education. He was appointed to the Michigan School Board of Education for three years in celebration of Michigan Week by the then Superintendent of Michigan Public Education.

In 1955, Leslie became the northeastern Michigan regional sales manager for the Kimberly Clark Corporation. During this time, the Grocer Manufacturers Representatives of Eastern Michigan was organized and Leslie served as its president. In 1965, Leslie left Kimberly Clark to become the vice-president of E. W. Schmidt Co., in Ann Arbor, later known as The King Group with businesses in Ann Arbor and Flint. Leslie co-founded a software development company that provided IT services for wholesale convenience distribution companies. The software programs he developed became an industry standard and were marketed throughout the United States and Canada by Distributor Concepts, Ann Arbor. In 1994, Leslie was honored by the American Wholesaler Manufacturers Association for his service to the industry.

As a hobby, Leslie always enjoyed repair work. When his three-year-old granddaughter discovered her table leg was broken she immediately said, “Grandpa fix.”

Leslie was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Mt. Morris, and the First Baptist Church in Ann Arbor, where he served on its Board of Deacons and Board of Trustees. Leslie supported the work of the American Red Cross and was a frequent blood donor. Leslie and Doris enjoyed traveling in Europe, the Middle East, and the Far East. They enjoyed many summers at their summer home on Lake Charlevoix with its beautiful sunsets and reflections.

On Tuesday, July 1, there will be visitation at Muehlig Funeral Chapel in Ann Arbor from 2 to 8 pm. On Wednesday July 2, 2014, there will be a visitation from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 am, at the First Baptist Church in Ann Arbor with the service to follow at 11:00 am, with burial at Flint Memorial Park, Mt. Morris, MI.

Memorial Contirbutions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor 517 East Washington Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104. wwwfbca2.org.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, July 1, 2014
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, July 2, 2014
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Robin Wanke

July 30, 2014

all memories of this gentleman are wonderful...Mr. George was a kind and gentle person....I remember the day he shared his bowl of ice-cream with my granddaughter .... so sorry to say good-bye..just for now though, as I'm sure we'll see this fine man again in heaven..with sincerity and love

Barbara and Peter Meier

July 5, 2014

TO OUR DEAR DORIS AND HER WONDERFUL FAMILY,
OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU . LES WAS A "TRUE" GENTLEMAN....AND SO SMART, SO KIND, AND SOOO ADORABLE. MANY PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW THAT HE WAS THE PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE L.G.SAUERKRAUT CLUB ( HELD IN HIS BASEMENT ) ONCE A YEAR, AND THE KRAUT THAT THEY MADE WAS SOMETIMES SERVED AT THE FANTASTIC GEORGE PIG ROASTS. LES AND DORIS HOSTED EXTRAVAGANT BIRTHDAY PARTIES AND ANNIVERSARIES......AND THERE WERE MANY, MANY OF THEM; ALL THE GUESTS HAD SO MUCH FUN - EVEN THE BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR LES WHEN TWO INCHES OF RAIN CAME DOWN IN ONE HOUR. WE CAN LOOK BACK AND SMILE AT IT NOW AND WHENEVER WE THINK OF THIS DEAR MAN, PETER AND I WILL SMILE WITH LOVE IN OUR HEARTS.
LOVE, PETER AND BARBARA

Rick Gummer

July 5, 2014

Our prayers are with you at this time. May God bless you all.
Rick and Kathleen Gummer

Gary Wack

July 4, 2014

I am very saddened to see that Les Sr has passed away. I was fortunate to have known him for over 13 years and was very impressed with him as a "boss" and as a mentor. My heartfelt condolences go out to the George family.

Carolyn Nortemann

July 4, 2014

I met Mr George when Chas M Sledd Company, Wheeling, WV was a DEBS customer. A very wonderful gentleman. My sympathy to the family.

Mary Jo Kirchner

July 3, 2014

My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time.

Bill Casey

July 3, 2014

Doris, Leslie, Paul and the entire George family, I am so sorry for your loss. "The Chief" was a man of honor and integrity -- in everything he did. I am a better man for having known him.

July 2, 2014

I am so sorry for your loss. Please be assured God cares for you and wil comfort you at this time. 1 Pet. 5:7

July 2, 2014

Sorry to hear about les. He was a good man and a take charge guy. Peace be with you.
Mr.& Mrs Patrick Flanigan
Flushing Mich.

Mark Chapman

July 2, 2014

We called him 'The Chief' as the leader and founder of Distributor Concepts/DEBS. He laid the foundation for a company that had customers throughout North America and had a reputation for excellence and integrity. It had the respect of an entire industry...and it started with Les Sr. He was a man who believed in hard work, integrity and people. He believed in the worth of the common man and in democratic principles. I shared a lot and learned a lot from him. Les Sr, the Chief, was a very, very good man.