George Edwin Walworth

March 23, 1923November 24, 2018

George Edwin Walworth was born March 23, 1923 of Tom Merritt Walworth and Gladys Dibble Walworth in Hillsdale, MI. He served in the 8th Air Force Bomber wing of the Army Air Force in World War II, stationed in Bury-St Edmunds, Suffolk, England. Enabled by the GI Bill, Ted (as he was known) graduated from Hillsdale College and McCormick Seminary. He was ordained by the United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America in 1952 and was called to the First Presbyterian Church of Tecumseh, MI. Soon he wed Donna Marie Wrigley (pre-deceased) and began a family with children Geoffrey Edwin (now of Monroe, CT), Chris Anne (now Groenevelt of Traverse City, MI), and Cindy Jo (now Reed of Traverse City, Michigan). Later, he served churches in: Eaton Rapids, Michigan while doing graduate work at Michigan State University; Madison, WI; Defiance, OH; Detroit, MI; and Traverse City, MI. He is survived by his children, his grandchildren Erin Walworth Reilly, Ross Groenevelt, Ted Groenevelt, Tessa Reed Keyton, Abigail Walworth, Will Reed, and his great-grandchildren James Reilly, Patrick Reilly, and Kinsley Keyton. Private services will be held for the immediate family. Memorial gifts in his name may be made to Habitat for Humanity, Grand Traverse Region. 


  • Habitat for Humanity/Grand Traverse Region


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, November 27, 2018

George Edwin Walworth

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Christy Klim

January 24, 2019

Ted was cousin of my mother, Jean Avis Wilson. She always felt close to Ted, and through her I learned of his warmth and wisdom. We coresponded quite a bit in recent years, and I treasure those letters. I am very sad to know my jazz-playing, peace-loving, deep-thinking cousin has passed on. Love to all the family & friends.

Erika Walker

January 7, 2019

I met Ted almost 40 years ago when I was young and struggling to find faith and a deep purpose in life. He befriended me -- and served as an example of what a life of purpose could be. We exchanged Christmas cards annually -- until this year, when his card came back as undeliverable. I searched and found the news of his death. I send my condolences to his family and friends. He was a shining light, a great leader and someone who touched so many lives. I will always remember him and be grateful.