George Mowry: 1928-2018
George F Mowry
George Francis Mowry, Presho, stepped into eternity on February 16, 2018 at Mary House in Pierre, SD. George’s wish after cremation was to have his ashes scattered overlooking the White River on the “the little ranch that I love so much”.
George was born April 28, 1928 on a farm near Alexandria, S.D., the fourth of five children born to George H. and Nora (Ehret) Mowry. George graduated from Alexandria High School in 1947. He was to become Corporal Mowry after being drafted into the U. S. Army in 1951, taking with him a new bride to Camp Rucker, near Enterprise, Alabama. George and Shirley (Mizner) remained faithful to their wedding vows for the next 67 years. George and Shirley purchased their White River ranch property south of Presho in 1961 and raised three sons down on the White River.
George loved visiting with friends and family from near and far, and he loved anything to do with the ranch. Among the many of his memorable quotes was the following: “That name – ‘Dad’ – now that’s special!”
George was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Robert and wife Rita (Kaiser), his sister Virginia Boling and husband Don, his sister Phyllis Peters and husband ‘Dub’, his brother-in-law Curt Hedman, nephew Ronnie Mowry, nieces Jean Ann Wibben and Kathleen Ann Clark, great-niece Shelly Burleson, and great-grandson Zion McKillop.
Surviving George is his wife, Shirley, children- Craig (& Amber), Presho, Connie, Sioux Falls, Mark (& Paula), Custer, Steve (& Deb), Presho, grandchildren- Cade (& Desi), Spokane, Amanda (& Chris) McKillop, Anchorage, Chase, St. Paul, Allison (& Jamie) Coin, Spearfish, Callie (& Jordan) Wilson, Sioux Falls, Kahle, Spearfish, and Shalayne, Spearfish, Sage and Shilo, Presho, and great-grandchildren- Breckon, Ogden, Nevada, Edan, Lava, Terec, and Ezrah.
There will be a celebration of George’s life on Saturday, February 24 from 6 pm – 8 pm at the Presho Livestock Auction.