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George Edward Dew Obituary
He was our family's
Patriarch.
George Edward Dew was in every sense of the word a leader in his professional and personal life. He has been the glue that has seen our family thru both good and bad times with fatherly advice and a loving
hand.
George was born during the Great Depression to George and Thelma Dew in 1932 - Kokomo, Indiana. He has a younger brother Jim that still lives in Indiana. George (Jr) lost his father at the age of 14 and worked odd jobs to assist the family.
George married a local girl - Phyllis (Packard) in January of 1954 and entered the US Army serving in Korea. Also during this time they had their first son Michael. While in the Army, he became interested in electronic engineering and when he got out of the service attended Purdue University where he received his degree.
Employment took him to St. Louis for several years where they had two additional sons Charles and Bradley. He was transferred to Alamogordo, New Mexico and then to Denver Colorado where their fourth son Edward was born.
Employment then sent him to Southern California where he was a key engineer on some incredible programs and was well respected. He was a one of the many truly unsung heroes of the cold war.
Life was always interesting and so positive nothing seemed hard at all. In particular, Dad would tell his four boys when we went camping, "Always leave a place better than you found it." I guess you could say that became our philosophy also.
George retired from McDonnell Douglas in 1992 where he and Phyllis moved to Kernville California to enjoy retirement and became interested in Ham Radio. George's license was KO6OP.
George passed away at his Kernville home on Jan 15, 2014. He was 81.
We were so blessed to have George for a long time. He was such a good friend and mentor to many. He will be so sorely missed.
Survivors include his brother Jim, four sons Michael, Charles, Bradley and Edward; 7 Grandchildren; 7 Step-Grandchildren ; 4 Great Grandchildren and 1 Great Step-Grandchild.
A private memorial was held just after his passing at his home in Kernville.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Mar. 20, 2014
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