George F. Peisen was born in Des Moines, Iowa on January 24, 1924 to Dean William Peisen and Jesse Mae (Foote) Peisen. While working in North Dakota, he met and married JoAnne C. Blanke and they enjoyed 51 years of marriage until her death in 2003. Together they raised two sons, Bill and John. George was a loyal and loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was hard-working, honest and fair-minded. He had little patience for those who did not share these traits. He served his country in the United States Marine Corps and his community through years of service as a county extension director. In his later years, he enjoyed the fellowship of his Sunday School class and the people he met playing bridge.
George's family and many friends will miss his keen intelligence, sound judgment and unique turn of phrase. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Dana Yourd, and his son, Bill. He is survived by his son, John and wife Mary; his daughter in law, Val Peisen; grandchildren, Marty, Grant, Lisa Marie, Matt, Alexandra, Katie and Jessica; and many adoring nieces and nephews.
A memorial service celebrating George's life was held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 6, 2016, at the First United Methodist Church, 4200 N. McColl, McAllen, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the First United Methodist Church, McAllen, Texas or to the Saint Joseph's Indian School, 1301 N. Main Street, Chamberlain, South Dakota. The family wishes to offer its special thanks to the caregivers who provided him with exceptional care, particularly Tina Rigney, Juanita Tellez and Justin Castillo.
Published on August 9, 2016