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George Attig


1933 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
George Attig Obituary
GEORGE ATTIG 1933-2016 George passed away peacefully at home in his sleep on 4/22/16 after a long illness. He is survived by his wife of 62 years Sharon; his four children Pat, Jeff, Melinda and Greg; his eight grandchildren; sister Dolorys; brother-in-law George and nine nieces and nephews . George was born on the family farm in Sibley, Iowa where he began schooling as the only student in his grade, at a one room county school across the road from his home. In the ninth grade he transferred to Sibley High School. An avid golfer he perfected his game at a young age by playing everyday after his chores were done. He attended Iowa University for one year in 1953 before marrying his high school sweetheart in 1954. The following fall he enlisted in the Air Force and was sent to Biloxi, Mississippi for radio school, then was stationed at Ellsworth AFB. He was next sent to Okinawa where his tour was cut short when his father broke his leg and he was required to return home and run the farm for a year. George finished his education at Iowa State University graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Arts. His tuition was paid for by making and staying on the honor roll. After school he went to work for John Deere but full of ambition sought out a more challenging job at Jostens, which made class and sport's rings. After 3 years of solid work he was transferred to Santa Barbara and became the youngest plant manager in the organization, including three overseas plants he was responsible for. Here George and Sharon created wonderful memories raising their four children surrounded by other young families. When the company wanted to transfer him to Massachusetts he turned it down and went to work for Applied Magnetic Corp. as V.P. of production remaining in Santa Barbara for 24 years. After 5 years at AMC he opened Yang Electronic Systems in Ventura with four equal partners. With much dedication they turned it into a successful company eventually selling it. In the spirit of his generous nature all partners received an equal share. George always had a fun streak in him and one day at work a bet was made that he and Marty Horn could not hit a golf ball from Santa Barbara down the middle of a road for 3 miles to the first hole on a golf course in Goleta in 100 strokes or less. Needless to say the police were called but could find no law against it so the police followed them and said if they damaged anyone's property they were going to jail. Well they made it in 98 strokes and weren't arrested. George retired and he and Sharon spent the next 10 years traveling around the world with their good friends Jim & Audrey Waggoner; seeing things they could have never imagined. In 1988 they moved to Canyon Lake spending a wonderful 10 years there with the grandchildren learning to swim, a pontoon boat and a water ski boat for everyone's enjoyment. George and Sharon became avid square dancers and George finally got the job he always wanted: For 10 years he taught wood shop at a boy's detention camp. He was an excellent woodworker and enjoyed passing his skills onto troubled youths. Things became difficult for George as his COPD was really kicking in making it hard for him to breath and he had to give up golf. They stayed in that house for 12 years and in 2011 they moved in to a single story house in the Oasis Development where they were very lucky to have fabulous neighbors. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday May 18, 2016 at St. Vincent Ferrea Church in Sun City. The family would like to thank all those who cared for George, during his illness.
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Published in Press-Enterprise on Apr. 29, 2016
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