George Stanley Gideon passed away peacefully at the Christopher House in Austin on December 1, 2010. He was born in Markam, Texas to George Simpson and Appa Lona Callaway Gideon in 1921.
George was raised during the Great Depression, graduated from Sugar Land High School, attended John Tarleton College before answering the call to serve his country in WWII as a Naval Air Pilot.
Following his discharge from the Navy, he went to Austin to attend the University of Texas on the GI bill. With a growing family, he worked in Taylor, Tx as local beer distributor for Schlitz until the Dust Bowl of the 50's forced him to move his family first to Wharton and then on to Houston. There he found his calling as an independent service station owner, winning many awards for sales in his size category of stations, and retiring after nearly 25 years.
George was a long time UT baseball father and fan, attending as many games as he could. For the times that he couldn't make it to Austin, he would drive to the edge of Houston to listen to the faint radio broadcasts until the signal gave out. He also loved the time he shared with family and friends at the hunting leases. George was known for having a quick wit and sense of humor.
Proceeding George in death were his parents; his wife of 64 years, Margaret Guenther Gideon; and his son, George S. Joe Gideon. He is survived by his daughter, Charlene Gideon; son, William Gideon; son, James Gideon and wife, Amy, and grandson, Matthew; daughter in law, Martha Ann Gideon; granddaughter, Michelle Dubnansky and husband Richard; grandson, G. S. Trey Gideon and wife Brandey; granddaughter, Gretchen Montalbo and husband Tripp; and eight grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, December 28, at 2:00 PM at the Memorial Drive United Methodist Church, 12955 Memorial Dr, Houston, Tx for friends and family. Internment will follow at a later date in Wharton, Tx.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Homes for our Troops, at www.homesforourtroops.org or 6 Main St, Taunton, MA 02780-2733.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Dec. 12, 2010