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George McElheny

CARBONDALE - George Clark McElheny, 92, died Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 in St. Charles, Mo.

George was born April 21, 1920, in Tiffin, Ohio, the third child and only son of George Samuel and Mary Dunn McElheny.

He married Lourell Campbell McElheny Nov. 24, 1945.

George graduated from Harvard University in 1941 and received his doctorate in organic chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis. He was employed as a chemical researcher by Mallinckrodt Chemical Company. George was an avid bicyclist and he and Lou participated with a hostelling group for many years. George continued riding well in to his 80s and particularly enjoyed the Katy trail. George and Lou were also active in a square dancing group. After he retired, George farmed and collected antique John Deere tractors. Although he lived in St. Louis his entire adult life, he returned to Lakeside Ohio for his summer vacation every year and enjoyed reuniting with his sisters and their families.

George and Lou raised their family in Normandy United Methodist Church. They supported their children, who were competitive swimmers for many years, by serving as timers at meets.

George is survived by his three children, daughter, Linda and husband, Fred, of Titusville Fla.; son, Brian and wife, Millie, of Carbondale; and son, James and wife, Vicki, of St. Charles, Mo.; grandchildren, Andrew and Michael Kodesh, Kathryn and Campbell McElheny and Kirk and Teri McElheny.

He was preceded in death by Lourell, his loving wife of 49 years; and sisters, Betty Fuller and Helen Lippman.

The family is being served by the Baue Funeral and Memorial Center, 3950 West Clay Street, St. Charles, Mo., where a gathering will be from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Lakeside Chautauqua or Tip Hospice.

Published in The Southern Illinoisan on Nov. 4, 2012
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