GEORGE MARION PEASE
George Marion Pease, age 85, of Vandalia, passed away at 11:35 a.m. on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at the Missouri Veteran’s Home in Mexico, Mo.
Visitation was scheduled from 5-8 p.m. Friday, December 16, 2011 at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.
Officiating was Pastor Frank Welch, John Fife, and David Land.
Music was provided by David Land, pianist, and Rose Land, soloist.
George Marion Pease was born August 22, 1926 in rural Vandalia, Mo. the son of Cecil Dewey and Pearle B. (White) Pease.
He married Martha Jane Alder on September 24, 1950 in Vandalia, Mo.
George was preceded in death by two brothers, John Raymond Pease and Russell Leland Pease, who died in infancy; two sisters, Anna Mae Erb and Bettye Jean Scherder.
He was a lifelong Vandalia area resident. He attended Farber schools and worked on the family farm.
He was called to serve his country during World War II while a Junior in high school. Fifty-six years later, he was awarded his honorary high school diploma as a World War II veteran. George served for nearly two years in the U.S. Army in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater as a driver and mechanic in the motor pool. Returning home after his service, he went back to work on the family’s farm raising registered black angus cattle. In 1950, he married Martha Jane Alder and that next year they bought a farm west of Vandalia. George farmed and also owned and operated a weed and fertilizer spraying service for many years.
He also worked at the elevator in Laddonia for two years. For several years he was employed by Johnny and Nina Barber on their farms.
On November 23, 1979, George began maintenance and custodial work at the Post Office in Vandalia. He continued working there until his retirement on January 26, 2006.
George and Martha were longtime members of the Vandalia United Methodist Church where he had served as a church board member. He was a member of the Business and Professional Men’s Club and in both 1963 and 1966, George received their annual Wheat Production Award. In the 1970’s, George was a treasurer of the Missouri Gospel Music Association.
George accepted Christ as his savior on June 24,1956.
Survivors include his wife, Martha Jane of Vandalia; one son Dennis C. and wife Colleen E. Pease of Columbia, Mo.; one daughter Judy K. and husband George Clossin of Knob Noster, Mo.; three grandchildren, Steven E. Pease of Northridge, Calif, Elizabeth A. Pease of Vandalia, and Timothy G.R. Clossin of Springfield, Mo.; one great-grandson Jonah Clossin of Springfield, Mo.; also survived by several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Pallbearers were George Clossin, Steven Pease, Timothy Clossin, Dr. Greg Doak, Doug Storts, and Gary Fowler.
Memorials are encouraged to the Missouri
Veterans Home, 1 Veterans Drive, Mexico, Mo. 65265 or to the Pike County Christian School in Curryville, Mo. 63339.