George R McQueen, 92, passed away peacefully at the Horizon Senior Living Center in Clare MI on October 21, 2018, surrounded by his loving daughters. He was born on April 29, 1926 in Cass City, MI to James andLaura McQueen, long-time farmers in Snover, MI. He learned to love the land and to work hard.
He graduated from Cass City High School when he was 16-years old. He joined the Army a year later. George served in the infantry in the European Theater, often serving as a scout and sharpshooter. After his discharge, he met and fell in love with Marilyn T Cooley of Lansing. They married on August 30, 1947 and happily shared their lives until Marilyn’s death in 2016.
George continued his education on the GI bill at Michigan State University,securing a doctorate degree in soil science. He was hired by MSU County Extension service in 1955, and work as Extension Director for both Shiawassee and Clinton Counties. He retired in 1985 after 30 years of
One of his passions was growing uncommon crops such as seed corn and cucumbers. After retirement, he planted much of his acreage in asparagus,blueberries, and Christmas trees, opening a pick-your-own business.George and Marilyn also loved to travel, a passion passed on to their children.
The couple split their time between Michigan and Florida for many years before moving permanently to Florida in 2005. They were quite active in their community and George was delighted to teach his neighbors to play various card games. He was a self-proclaimed Euchre king. But he never
forgot his farming roots. He became a docent for the ECHO (Educational Concerns on Hunger Organization) which is a facility for experimenting with growing food in everyday objects in subtropical conditions.
George was predeceased by his parents, his three brothers, and one sister,as well as his lovely wife Marilyn, his son James, and two sons-in-law, Ray Westphal and Melvin Pickens. He is survived by his four daughters: Diana(Jerry) Pitts of Oldsmar, FL, Sandra Westphal, of Farwell, MI, Teri (Brad)Veiseth of St. Johns, MI, and Lori Pickens of Jackson, MI. He is also survived by his beloved daughter-in-law, Kathy McQueen as well as 13 grandchildren, 22 great-randchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.
According to George’s wishes, cremation has already taken place. Therewill be no service. Interment will be at Elkland Cemetery in Cass City, MI at a later time.