George J. Mennesson

George J. Mennesson, 94, of Leavenworth, passed away Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, at Twin Oaks in Lansing. He was born Aug. 10, 1920, in Missouri and was the adopted son of Mai Mennesson.

George was a lifelong resident of Leavenworth. He graduated from Leavenworth High School and immediately afterward enlisted in the Merchant Marines. He was active during World War II. After the war ended, he returned to Leavenworth and began working for the Alster's at their clothing store. When the original owners died, George was given the opportunity to purchase the store. He did so and retained the Alster's name. He was supportive of Boy Scouts and always made sure the store carried a good supply of uniforms and other Boy Scout supplies. He was described as a good businessman, a great storyteller, a perfect gentleman, and a good friend to everybody.

George was received into membership at the First Baptist Church through baptism on May 1, 1928. He was an active and life-long member of the church where he served as usher, sang in the church choir and taught an all boys Sunday School class. George would tell the boys when they came into his class that he was, “old, tired and can’t put up with much.” He would take his Sunday School boys on boating trips and was known to let them drive the boat. In 2007 he was recognized by the church for his many years in the choir. He was once asked to sing a solo at Twin Oaks and it was reported that he had a lovely voice.

George is survived by his nieces and nephews, Norman (Dorothy) Beck of Des Moines, Iowa, Vickey Beck of LaHarpe, Kan., and Barbara Lang of Glendale, Ariz.; his great-niece and great-nephews, Cathy (Eldon) Beck-Cross, Alec Beck-Cross and Ian Beck-Cross all of Des Moines, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Vina Louise Coffin and an aunt, Victoria Mennesson.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, at First Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery. Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to First Baptist Church for youth programming.