George Lewis Saville was born September 30, 1926, the first child of Leland and Zanita Saville of Redding, Iowa. He passed away at the Ringgold County Hospital on April 21, 2011 at the age of 84.
George attended rural Ringgold county schools and graduated from Redding high school in 1944. He joined the U.S. Army in 1945 and following military service attended college at Northwest Missouri State College in Maryville, MO.
George was united in marriage with Dorothy Mae Jeanes on August 6, 1949 at the Little Brown Church in the Vale in Nashua, Iowa. Born to this union were six children, Sally, Dennis, Martha, Neil, Timothy and Linda. They also have 14 grandchildren, Ryan, Scott and Kevin Stephens, Amy and Bonnie Saville, David Swanson and Bethany Nere, Joe, Ben and Hannah Saville, Garrett Reynolds, Ashley Kuonen and Jennifer and Thomas Hosfield, and six great-grandchildren.
George was a member of the Redding United Methodist Church and the Redding American Legion. He owned and operated a farm near Redding for 42 years. He also taught business subjects and coached sports in schools in Breckenridge, Missouri, Diagonal, Iowa and Clearfield, Iowa. He enjoyed sports of all kinds all of his life. He cared for his land and livestock. George and Dorothy enjoyed spending some of the winter months near Mission, Texas and enjoyed new friends and activities there. They also enjoyed traveling during their retirement years and visiting children and grandchildren. Of all things in life, George enjoyed his family.
George is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy; all six of his children, Sally and husband Jim Stephens of Bellevue, Nebraska, Dennis and wife Timi Saville of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Martha and husband Mike Swanson of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Neil Saville of Laramie, Wyoming, Tim and wife Lesa Saville of Delphos, Iowa and Linda and husband Gary Hosfield of Redding, Iowa; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Eva Knapp and Pearl James and husband Jim; sister-in-law, Patricia Hunt and husband Bill; brother-in-law, Charlie Jeanes and wife Vickie; nieces; nephews; cousins, and friends.
A memorial fund has been established in his name to be decided later. Online condolences may be left at www.watsonarmstrongfh.com.
Services were conducted at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr on Monday, April 25, 2011, with Rev. Skip Rushing officiating. Musicians were Mary Davenport, Margaret Bickers, Melanie Knapp and Andy Trullinger.
Casket bearers included Ryan Stephens, Scott Stephens, Kevin Stephens, David Swanson, Tom Hosfield, Ben Saville, Joe Saville and Garrett Reynolds.
Military rites were conducted by Redding Post #617, Blockton Post #443 and Grant City V.F.W. Post #3123.
George was laid at rest in the Redding Cemetery in Redding.