George S. Tewksbury

George S. Tewksbury October 26, 1928 – October 15, 2012 George S. Tewksbury passed away October 15th, 2012. The son of Presbyterian missionaries Gardner and Ruth Tewksbury, he was born October 26, 1928, in Jinan, China. The family returned to the States in 1940, to Wooster, Ohio, due to the impending war. George graduated from Yale University in 1949. He was drafted in 1950, for the Korean War, serving in Washington teaching Chinese and code-breaking until his discharge November 1952. In 1953, George volunteered for a summer work camp in Puerto Rico, where he met Anne Roberts, a nurse from Fruitvale. That August 29th, they married in Rifle. From 1953 - 1957, George attended three seminaries, in New York City, Ithaca, and Louisville. In February 1958, they went to Pakistan, where George served with the Presbyterian Church for the next 24 years. After their children left for college in America, they opened their home to many, including young people traveling the Orient. Their love helped change many young lives. In 1982, they moved to Pasadena, California, where George worked in missions until retiring to Clifton in 1991. Here he became an enthusiastic member of Promise Keepers and Kairos Prison Ministry and served on various ministry boards in the Grand Valley. George is survived by two children, Ray and Marybeth, and four grandchildren, Jonathan, Jesse, and Aaron Tewksbury and Jennifer Jobsky. A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church on Thursday, October 25, at 2:00 p.m.

Published in The Daily Sentinel on Oct. 21, 2012