George Carl Kuestner, 88, of Lakewood, California died April 23, 2012 in his Lakewood home.
George was born July 16, 1923 in Montgomery County, Ohio to Carl Kuestner and Mildred Whitaker. He joined his older brother Robert and was followed by his younger brother, Charles, and sister, Mildred Ann. After one year of university studies at Ohio Wesleyan, George joined the United States Army and became a Tech Sergeant fighting with the 41st Calvary Reconnaissance Troop in the Pacific during World War II. His tour of duty started in Australia, continued through the Philippines, and finally concluded in Japan in the months after the last bombing campaign. George was honorably discharged at Camp Atterbury, Indiana in 1946.
After serving his country, George continued his education at Ohio Wesleyan earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology in 1949. He went on to earn a Master’s degree in Social Work from Western Reserve in 1951. Upon graduation, George began an 18 year career with the YMCA. After working several years at the “Y,” he married Ila Mae Fike, a GE engineering assistant, January, 28 1956. In 2006, George and Ila celebrated 50 years of marriage, and 2012 saw their 56th wedding anniversary.
With their young son, William James, George and Ila moved to California to pursue opportunities with the YMCA in Los Angeles County. In California, they were blessed with three beautiful daughters, Nancy Lyn, Joanne Ila, and Susan Diane. The year 1969 brought a career change for George. He accepted a position with Los Angeles county as a probation officer where he served 20 years before retiring in 1989. George was an avid fisherman. He enjoyed traveling, woodworking, and reading. He also considered himself a knowledgeable history buff.
George is survived by his wife Ila of California; son William & wife Gillian; daughters Susan Terry & husband Michael of Sheridan, WY, Nancy Kuestner, Joanne Kuestner & husband Cisco McSorley; brother Charles Kuestner & wife Ruth; sister-in-law Mary Kuestner; nephew James Kuestner; grandchildren Kaitlynn, Rachael and Thomas Terry and Meaghan McSorley.
Memorial service will be 2:00pm on Monday (May 7th) from Champion Ferries Funeral Home with the Rev. Don Derryberry officiating. Interment of cremains will be in Sheridan Municipal Cemetery with military honors by the Wyo. National Guard and the American Legion. Arrangements are with Champion Ferries Funeral Home.