George K. Allison III, 88, of Anderson, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, at his home.
George was born Aug. 25, 1929, in Chicago, Illinois, to George K. Jr. and Mildred K. (Vaughn) Allison. He graduated from Morgan Park High School in Chicago in 1947 and Illinois Wesleyan University in 1951 with a bachelor of arts in journalism, serving as editor of the university newspaper. He earned his MBA from University of Chicago in 1958.
Following college, George served in the Army and graduated from Officer Candidate School 28 in Fort Benning, Georgia. He was deployed to Korea as a Second Lieutenant in the 31st Infantry Regiment. He was a proud Army veteran and would try to travel to join his fellow officers at the annual OC-28 Association reunion. He enjoyed sharing his Korea pictures and was thrilled to take part in the Indy Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., in October 2017, accompanied by his daughter.
George excelled in business and served as executive vice president at First Federal of Chicago, and held various posts at financial institutions in Oklahoma and Nebraska before serving as president of First Savings of Central Indiana. He later served as president of the Anderson Chamber of Commerce. He volunteered as finance chairman of the Girl Scouts of Chicago for several years.
As a youth, George participated in the American Legion junior drum and bugle corps in Chicago, and his love for music stayed with him his entire life. His many hobbies over the years included his rose garden, photography, tennis, golf, spoiling his cats and traveling. A recent bucket-list trip with eight family members in 2016 took him to the coast of Norway with Hurtigruten and to England.
George looked forward to Wednesday night dinners at OB's with Bob Moffat, Brad Rayl and Steve Sumner and Friday nights at the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
George is survived by his daughters, Susan Welty (Mark) of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and Jennifer Allison of San Francisco, California; three grandchildren, Emily Welty Pastrana (Omar) of Richardson, Texas, Allison Welty Aguilar (Michael) of Mobile, Alabama, and Andrew Welty of Dallas; two great-grandchildren, Eva and Gabriel Pastrana; nephew, William J. Allison Jr. (Mary and daughter Berkeley) and niece, Gayle Donlon (Gerard and daughter Maureen and son Robert).
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 59 years, Elsa; and brother, William J. Allison.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and one hour before service Friday at Brown-Butz-Deidring Funeral Service and Crematory, Anderson.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Corinne Boruff officiating. Burial will take place at a later date at East Maplewood Cemetery.
Memorial contributions would be appreciated to the Madison County Humane Society or the First United Methodist Church of Anderson.
Post online condolences at www.brownbutzdiedring.com.
Published on January 2, 2018