George Monsen II
Published: Thursday, March 28th, 2013
George Leo Monsen II was born to George Lars and Gunda Johnson Monsen May 16, 1924, on the family homestead in Veblen, S.D.
The youngest of eight children, George received his education in Veblen, and was confirmed in the Lutheran Church. He served in the Army Air Corp in the South Pacific and was a member of the 785th Anti-aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion and was a Prisoner of War in the Philippines.
George sent every check he received while serving in the war to his mother and brother to support the family farm. When he returned home, he moved to Custer, S.D., to work for his brother, Magner, at Mag’s Body Shop. George enjoyed rebuilding autos, tricycles, bicycles, toys, working on houses and playing neighborhood baseball.
In 1947, George met the love of his life, Doris Whitehead and they were married in 1948. Together, they had eight children. George and Doris were married 63 years before Doris died in October 2011.
George was an extremely compassionate husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend and employer. He had a strong work ethic for being fair and loving to his family and employees. George and Doris owned and operated the Coneee Corral Drive-Inn Restaurant for 17 years. During this time, George also served as a councilman on the Custer City Council.
George moved to the South Dakota State Veteran’s Home in Hot Springs, S.D., in 2009 where he made more special friends and loved everyone.
George died March 18, 2013, at the South Dakota State Veteran’s Home surrounded by his family. He was 88.
George was preceded in death by his loving wife, Doris; parents, George and Gunda; infant son, George III; his five brothers; two sisters and three grandchildren.
He is survived by seven daughters, Kathy (Dean) Brumley of Wichita Falls, Texas, Mary (Roy) Hendrickson, Georgene (Darrel) Teller of Rapid City, S.D., Judi (Paul) Cole of Jackson, Miss., Dr. Joen (Tim) Painter of Yuma, Ariz., Jane Monsen of Yuma, and Laurie (Terry) Morgan of Pringle, S.D.; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law.
Services were at the South Dakota State Home Auditorium March 22 with Chaplain Loyd Nielson officiating. Interment followed at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, S.D.
At his request, in lieu of flowers a memorial has been established for the Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veteran’s Home, 2500 Minnekahta Ave., Hot Springs, SD 57747. Cards may be sent c/o Laurie Morgan, PO Box 22, Pringle, SD 57773.
Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.
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