The Edmond Sun


August 17, 2012

George Albert Kundmiller

EDMOND —     George Albert Kundmiller just celebrated his 93rd birthday with his family on July 29. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio and was the grandson of German immigrants. He grew up hoping he could somehow obtain a college education and use his mechanical aptitude in an interesting occupation.

    In l940 he married his first love, LaVerne Miller. Three years later he was drafted into the US Army where he saw combat in the South Pacific, New Guinea, Philippines and Japan. He received a Bronze Star for Valor. Upon discharge he took advantage of the GI Bill to obtain his mechanical engineering degree from Cleveland State University. His career began in the steel industry, then with Pittsburgh Plate Glass, moving the family from Ohio, Oklahoma, California and Pennsylvania. George also helped set up a glass plant in Italy, and it was then that he developed a passion for travel.

    He and LaVerne enjoyed several dozen cruises in the Caribbean, trips to Europe, Australia and New Zealand. George enjoyed his birthdays, he chose themes for the daylong event, having everyone dress in hats and costumes. The day would include a tennis tournament and a swim in the pool before costumes would be donned and trophies awarded. Dinner was served, followed by a competitive game of bingo.

    George enjoyed following sports and engaging in lively conversations about teams and players. He also loved working on home improvement projects. George was a word smith. He especially enjoyed crossword puzzles.

    George was particularly proud of his grandchildren and had a personal relationship with each of them.

    In 2002 LaVerne died. A year later one of George’s friends of many years also died. Somehow George and Marilyn Waith learned of their fates and renewed their friendship which blossomed into a loving relationship of life partners. They enjoyed traveling extensively for many years, enjoying life to the fullest.

    George is survived by Marilyn, his daughter Deanna and husband Ken, granddaughter Laura and husband Richard Piatt and his three great-grandsons Mark, Matthew and Mason, grandson Bryan and wife Trish, his great-granddaughters Chloe and Claire and grandson George and wife Leah.

    Services celebrating George’s life will be 1 p.m., Monday August 20, 2012 at Crawford Family Funeral Service of Edmond.

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