Age 87, died on Saturday, December 28, 2013, surrounded by his loving family in UPMC-Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh, following complications from a fall. Husband of the late Mary Paich Studen; and brother to the late Kathryn Semick, Mildred Studen, Emil Studen, and Daniel Studen; he is father to Sara Jane Studen and Deborah Studen-Pavlovich; brother to Marcia Blount of Oceanside, CA; father-in-law to George Z. Pavlovich; nephew to Ann Hodak, Beaver, PA; and uncle to many nieces and nephews. One of George's favorite sayings was "Always be more than you appear" and he lived that every day with his initiative, accomplishments and strong work ethic. Born on March 13, 1926, in Midland, PA, to Serbian immigrants Mary Bizic Studen and Emil Studen, George Studen was part of the "greatest generation" that grew up in the Depression, fought overseas and returned to build America in the 20th century. He was a US Army World War II veteran who served in General George Patton's 3rd Army, 712th Tank Destroyer Battalion, and was decorated for service in the campaign for Central Europe/Rhineland to defeat Nazi Germany in 1945. George was an old steel soldier with several careers, first working as an electrician for Crucible Steel Company in Midland, and then running his own construction business under the motto "Building Better Tomorrows." George noticed that his little steel town on the Ohio River had houses without garages, but a lot of alleys, so he started building sturdy concrete-block garages that still dot the town today. He went on to build garages he leased to trucking companies, aircraft hangars at Beaver County Airport, and tank and building foundations throughout Beaver County. In 1955 he built his own red brick colonial house without a mortgage on Beaver Avenue in Midland, just two doors away from the St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, where he was a charter member. After retiring from the steel mill in 1982, he continued his construction business. George also bought and sold iron, steel and copper and loved working on bulldozers to shape his scrapyard. Although he suffered from a stroke and dementia in the last five years of his life, he was taken care of like a prince at his daughter Sara Jane's house in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh. Always well-dressed and engaged in conversation in those last years, while maintaining his sense of humor and philosophical outlook, he lived each day as fully as possible with the help of his daughters and caregiver, Harlan Pete Vojnovich. Speaking Serbian now and then kept him authentic and he was true to the rich mystical inheritance of his ancestors. George Studen was a man who lived life on his own terms. He was a member of the American Legion Post #481 and Lodge #72 of the Serb National Federation. All are welcome to the visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. followed by the church service at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 2, 2014, at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, 30 Tenth Street, Midland, PA, 15059. Military tribute and interment will be in the mausoleum in Beaver Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions, if desired, to St. George Serbian Orthodox Church (www.stgeorgemidland.org) or to the Carnegie Free Library of Midland, 61 Ninth Street, Midland, PA, 15059 (www.midlandlibrary.org). Arrangements by D. L. WILLIAMS FUNERAL HOME, 848 Midland Ave., Midland, PA.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Dec. 30, 2013 to Jan. 1, 2014