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Green Acres Mortuary & Cemetery

401 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ

OBITUARY

George Zuverink

August 20, 1924September 8, 2014

George was born on August 20, 1924, in Holland, MI, to George and Jennie Zuverink. He was the fifth of eight children, with three sisters and four brothers. He and his beloved wife, Betty, lived in Tempe for 42 years. As a young boy, George had a love of baseball and a dream to play for the Detroit Tigers. In high school, his pitching record was a dismal 0-7, which did little to facilitate his dream. While serving in the Army Air Corps, during WW II, he was pitching in the Philippines and caught the eye of a baseball scout. The rest is history. He enjoyed a fourteen-year career in professional baseball; six in the minors and eight in the majors. He often referred to it as the “best job in the world”. He played for Cleveland, Detroit, and Baltimore and felt it a privilege, being forever thankful for the opportunity. After baseball, he pursued a twenty-five year career selling life insurance for Banker’s Life Nebraska. George had a quick but quirky sense of humor. Once, when asked his and his wife's favorite song, he answered, "The Star Spangled Banner, it’s played at all sporting events." For a number of years he refereed basketball, volleyball, and umpired baseball. Upon retirement, he took up golf and did well. He had two holes-in-one and so enjoyed the sport, as well as the camaraderie of the different foursomes he played with. His love of others was evident in his passion for giving blood. He donated gallons of blood over the years and encouraged others to do so as well. George loved to sing, and for many years he sang bass in his church choirs, as well as serving as a volunteer in many capacities. At the time of his death, he was a member of Arizona Community Church and a faithful attendee of the Lifesavers Sunday School Class and the InJoy Senior’s group. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Dawn. He is survived by his wife, Betty; his son David (Christie); five grandchildren, Heath, Candice, Jennifer, Melanie, Dylan; six great-grand-children; his sister, Bernice (Bing); brother Gordon (Mary); and a large extended family. George loved God, family, and country. We will miss him and rest in the knowledge we’ll see him again when we get to heaven and join in the celebration of praise to our heavenly Father forever. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Arizona Community Church, Tempe AZ, on September 27, at 1:00 p.m. Gravesite services will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hospice of the Valley or Arizona Community Church. www.greenacresmortuary.net

Services

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, September 27, 2014

Memories

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Sara Brant

September 25, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your kids and grandchildren, Aunt Betty.

Although I only got to meet uncle George a few times in my life I was honored to have him as a relative. His baseball career made him a legend in our family. And, it sounds like he was just as good spirited as my grandpa (Vern) who passed at almost the same time. I am sure their passions were passed on to many around them and their lives made a big difference in our world.

Andy McClure

September 18, 2014

George was a great mentor and inspiration in the area of sports officiating. I am still involved, 35 years later. God Bless you!!

Rick Fossen

September 17, 2014

He was always an inspiration. He was ALWAYS happy and had a smile and a good word to share. He signed a baseball that we used for our first son, Spencer, birth announcement. He will be missed.

janice White

September 16, 2014

My uncle George was very special to me, we did fun things together, Loosing two uncles in one week was quite to much for me. I shall cherish all. I loved them so much!!
Janice Dokter White

Donna Goodrich

September 15, 2014

I remember him when he played for the Tigers, and was excited to meet him when I spoke at his church last year, and got his autograph.

Gaines DuVall

September 15, 2014

Dear George,
Thanks for all your encouragement through my baseball days in high school & college. You always built confidence in me. I was always proud to know you. You will be fondly remembered.

Jack Dokter

September 15, 2014

Today I am missing my wonderful Uncle George. Yesterday attended the funeral for his brother and my Uncle Vernon. I will remember my growing up years with them until I too pass. Then I will join them in Heaven... forever.

September 15, 2014

Dear Loved Ones all,
Uncle George was a very special to me, a lot of memories are left, I shall miss him a lot. I loved him so much!! I shall see him in heaven.
Love you
Janice Dokter White
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Dave Zuverink

September 14, 2014

Tommie,
Thank you for your condolences. My dad was a wonderful man. My sister, Dawn, passed on October 14, 2000, in San Diego, CA, where she lived for many years. If you care to reminisce, you may contact me at: zuve@comcast.net. God bless you.

Tommie Hannon

September 14, 2014

I did not know George, but I did know his daughter, Dawn, who I've been looking for. Now, I see that she's also passed away. We became friends in the 70s, when we worked at Sperry-Rand in Scottsdale. If someone would reply to this post, and let me know more about Dawn, I'd sure appreciate it. Thank you. RIP, George.

FROM THE FAMILY