George Kary, Jr, 87, Mandan, died October 11, 2015 at his residence in Mandan.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, October16, 2015 at St, Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, ND with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Inurnment will be at North Dakota Veterans Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Mandan VFW Post #707 and American Legion Post #40.
Visitation will be held Thursday, October15, 2015 from 4:00-6:00 pm at Weigel Funeral Home, with a Rosary at 5:00 pm. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Friday.
George was born on August 10, 1928 to Elizabeth (Boehm) and George Kary, Sr. in Mandan, ND. He attended St. Joseph’s Grade School and graduated from Mandan High School in 1946. He enlisted in the U.S. Army after high school, serving until June 1948—spending 13 months in Panama. He then worked a year for French & Welsh Hardware in Bismarck before going to college; two years at ND School of Forestry at Bottineau and then graduating from Jamestown College in 1953 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Physical Education.
George married Helen L. Meschke on June 9, 1953 at the Church of St. Joseph, Mandan, ND. They lived and taught in Streeter, ND for one school year. They then moved to the State Training School where George worked and taught school until 1960, when they moved into Mandan. He was employed by New York Life Insurance Company and Capital Commercial College. In 1962, he began teaching at Bismarck High School where he remained until his retirement in 1981.
George was always interested in sports, both as a participant and as a spectator. In the army, he was on the All Army Panama Championship baseball team, playing second base. He also played on the Post basketball team, and participated on the track team as a long jumper and a pole vaulter. After his discharge, he began his career with the Mandan Trainers amateur baseball team, which won the State title in 1954. At Bottineau, he played football, basketball and participated in track, winning the pole vault at the NDCAC championship meet as a sophomore. At Jamestown College, he played on the football team that tied for the conference championship his senior year, playing both offense and defense. In track, he participated in the long jump and the pole vault, getting 2nd place in both events in the conference championship meet as a junior and a senior. His team won the conference track championship when he was a junior, and second when he was a senior.
George was an official for basketball, football and an umpire for Junior Legion baseball for about 25 years. After his years with the Trainers, he played fast pitch softball until age 45. He was a great fan of football, basketball, track, wrestling and baseball all of his life. He was especially fond of watching his children and grandchildren participate in sports. After retirement, he enjoyed attending many professional football and baseball games and attended several Final Four NCAA Basketball tournaments with his wife. He and Helen also attended the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, seeing all the track and field events.
George was a member of the Mandan American Legion Post #40, and a lifetime member of the Bismarck-Mandan Elks Club. He was active in the Elks Clowns and president of them for many years. The Clown group visited hospitals, Camp Grassick and participated in many parades in North Dakota. He was very patriotic and loved his country.
George will be deeply missed by his wife, Helen, Mandan; daughters, Ruth Kary (John Baar), Detroit Lakes, MN and Jean and Dave Kolbo, Henderson, NV, Jordon, Mandan & Natalie, New York City; sons, Jim and Delores, Bismarck, ND, Krystle Kadrmas (Luke), Mandan, Lindsey Unterseher (Logan) & Son, Otto James, Bismarck, Lauren, Bismarck and James, Bismarck, Dave and Jodi, Bismarck, ND Drew & Beau, Bismarck and Mike, Las Vegas, NV; sister, Donna Flockhart, Sterling Heights, MI; brothers-in-law, Frank Jasicko, Great Falls MT and Bernard Boardman, Spokane, WA.
George was preceded in death by his parents; 7 sisters, Katherine Olmsted, Mathilda Dunphy, Elizabeth Holzhueter, Eva Boardman, Margaret Kringlie, Frances Jasicko and Marilyn Cleveland and 4 brothers, John, James, Richard and Robert.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to St. Joseph Grade School or Elk's Camp Grassick in George's name.