George Henry Landes
1931 - 2020
George Henry Landes

March 21, 1931 - September 30, 2020

George Henry Landes, age 89, of Wytheville, Va., passed away on Wednesday, September 30, 2020.

He was born on March 21, 1931, in Norristown, Pa., the son of the late George Hause and Irene Swartly Landes. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra Sue McGavock Landes; sister, Doris Landes Richardson; and stepson, William Alan Landes. George was a former school teacher with the Wicomoco School system in Salisbury, Md.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Angela Landes Butler and Robert of Martinsburg, W.Va.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 6, 2020, at Draper Valley Presbyterian Church Cemetery with the Reverend Robert "Bob" Davis and the Reverend Preston Sartelle officiating.

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Published by SWVA Today on Oct. 3, 2020.
Graveside service
Draper Valley Presbyterian Church Cemetery
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I had Mr. Landed for history class in high school. Great teacher, will be truly missed. Thoughts and prayers for the family.
Scott Creager
October 10, 2020
I was Mr. Landlord's student in 1963-64 and 1964-65 for World History and US History. He was my favorite teacher. He taught us how to outline our notes. I was in his classroom when our principal came on to announce that President Kennedy was assassinated. Although he was not a fan, Mr. Landes had us close our books, I know he talked about it, I know it had to be hard for him with a room full of 15 yr. olds. I felt safe in his classroom that day.
I am sorry for the loss of your father and I know there are no words that really bring comfort. I am grateful he was in my life.
Kathy Richardson Zieger
October 6, 2020
I had the privilege of working with George in Jamaica on the missionary work. He was truly a good, fun man. I will miss him dearly.
Anthony W Allison
October 6, 2020
We remember him from volunteering at the Virgina State Police, Wytheville Headquarters.. he was a great man to work with and talk to. He will be missed.
Jason Crowder
October 5, 2020
He was an excellent teacher and was very kind to me when other teachers were not so sorry for the loss of this amazing man. Condolences to his family.
Jackie Townsend
October 5, 2020
Mr. George Landes ,

I remember him walking about the room with a piece of chalk in his hand raised up like it was a sword . He made history fun with his sense of humor , his bodily animations, and that smile . Truly a passionate man with vigor for life . God speed Mr . Landes from all who got to experience you and your teaching. I pray for your family’s loss
Jackie Christensen
October 5, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Landes was a great person to be around and will be greatly missed!
Olen Jones
October 4, 2020
I miss seeing him walk around Salisbury.
Ginger Grant
October 3, 2020
Very sad to hear this news. Over 55 years ago and I think often of the value of Constitution these days and remember Mr Landis's insistence that we memorize that preamble and know much of what it said. He also made us understand that Impeachment meant to Indict or accuse. How valuable those lessons are that he taught us. He made a difference.

Debbie Cole
October 2, 2020
George Landes was an excellent teacher. He was kind, patient, and humble, with a gentle sense of humor. I am fortunate to have had him as a teacher.
John Landon
October 2, 2020
I was fortunate to have a long relationship with George as a teacher and also with him on the paint crew. I valued his friendship, opinions, and honesty. We all knew George as a "character" in a most positive way. The world has lost a treasured teacher and good citizen. My best to his family as they mourn their loss. Geoff Smoot - James M. Bennett fellow teacher and friend
geoffrey B smoot
October 2, 2020
My favorite teacher at Parkside High School in the mid 1980s. Took more history classes than necessary, just to have him as my teacher.
Wayne Johnson
October 2, 2020
Mr. Landes was one of my teachers at James M. Bennett High School. Me Landes was inspirational, dedicated and sincere. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
Fred Spurlock
October 2, 2020