George Frederick Dersheimer

November 14, 1930 - April 16, 2020
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George Frederick Dersheimer, age 89, passed away peacefully at his home in Galveston on Thursday, April 16, 2020. George was born November 14, 1930 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania to Theron George and Katherine Miller Dersheimer.

Preceded in death by his parents, George is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Marjorie Schroeder Dersheimer, children Richard Dersheimer, Katherine Dersheimer VanDewalli and husband John, all of Galveston, Texas, and David Dersheimer and wife Charity of Owensboro, Kentucky; grandchildren Heather Dersheimer, Jessica Holloway and husband Matt, and Haley Dersheimer, all of Owensboro, Kentucky, and Ryan VanDewalli of Galveston, Texas; and great-grandchildren Lennon and Laurel Dersheimer-Cupples, Leona, Matilda and Emily Holloway, all of Owensboro, Kentucky.

George grew up in our Nation’s capital attending McKinley Technical High School and Wilson Teachers College where he earned a BA in Elementary Education in 1953. He received his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma in 1971.

George served 22 years in the United States Air Force, retiring in 1975 at the rank of Major. He held the rating of Master Navigator and Senior Missileer, which included assignments at Strategic Air Command in Omaha, Nebraska and the Cheyenne, Wyoming Minuteman Missile program. Throughout his distinguished career in the Air Force, George was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and six Air Medals during the Viet Nam conflict.

His post military retirement employment included six years in the home office of American National Insurance Company in Galveston; four years as a Training Representative for Saudi Petrochemical Company, both in the United States and in Saudi Arabia, and, along with his children, as the owner/operator of Design Graphics, an advertising and design studio in Galveston, in operation until his retirement.

Active in his community, George was a member of Holy Family Parish and member of the former St. Peter’s Men’s Club, the Galveston West End Lions Club and a proud member of The Bernardo de Galvez Chapter No. 1 of The National Society of the Sons of The American Revolution, receiving SAR Silver, Bronze and Meritorious Service Medal Awards.

George was a dreamer, a leader and a doer, no project was too big for him to attempt and give his all.  He loved to sing and dance (and be the star)!  During his time at American National Insurance Company, he participated in the ANICO Choir, traveling around the County and State for concerts.  George was active in little theatre groups while in Cheyenne, Wyoming and continued his love for the theatre throughout his life, proudly being a subscriber at The Grand 1894 Opera House and volunteering his time with a variety of projects at The Grand.  George loved to write, loved working on family genealogy and was a creative spirit that could draw and paint and build just about anything.  He always told his children, “If you can draw it, I can build it!”  He designed and built decks and planters and bird feeders, built the Kids Kitchen Band for The Grand Kids Festival, and painted murals for his grandchildren’s bedrooms.  George was adventurous, attempting to navigate the inter-coastal waterway from Kentucky to Galveston in a one-man boat (a short attempt – but an adventure!), and loved traveling with Marge and his family around the world.

George has requested to be cremated, and a private family service will be held during this time of COVID-19 social distancing. A celebration of George’s life will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be sent to The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice Street, Galveston, Texas 77550 or to the charity of your choice.

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Born: November 14, 1930
Died: April 16, 2020

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Ray Fox posted on 4/27/20

I would like to send my prayers and condolences to Marge and family. I first met George when we were kids growing up on Bates Street in Washington, DC. George and I both attended McKinley high school where George was very active in many of the activities. Later we both got our BA and advanced degrees in education. Although we went our different ways we never lost contact with each other. We are in a better place on this earth because of the contributions George has made to society, George will be greatly missed. Ray Fox


William Butler posted on 4/27/20

On behalf of the Golden Techites of McKinley Tech High School in Washington, DC, we extend condolences to George's family on their loss. He is well remembered by his classmates. Bill Butler, Class of 1951


Mike and Teresa Oehler posted on 4/24/20

We have so very many treasured memories that include George. Marge- you both taught us how to be great cruisers and savor every minute of living! Our thoughts, prayers and hugs are with all of you during this tough time. Love you.


LuLu posted on 4/24/20

We are so sad to hear the passing of George. We will miss seeing him at LuLu's for his appointments. Please take pleasure in the fond memories you have of George. It's never easy but our thoughts and prayings are with you Marge, Kathy, and family.


Matt S posted on 4/22/20

I was sad to learn of the recent passing of George ... my deepest condolences to his family & loved ones. While I wasn’t a close friend of his, I came to meet & know him in the mid 1990’s after he sold me our home on Poplar Street. George was a fantastic neighbor & person. George was the official “Mayor of Poplar Street” - taking charge in coordinating the annual Christmas on Poplar celebration for the neighborhood. Ever at the ready to lend a helping hand, George was the type of man you could always count on & truly one of a kind. I hope this pleasant memory I’ve shared will offer some comfort to his mourning loved ones during this time. God Bless!


Sara Gober posted on 4/22/20

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Theresa French posted on 4/21/20

What a beautiful tribute to your dad, Kathy! He was a determined, interesting, and successful man in so many ways. His gusto for life lives on in you! Wishing you and your family understanding, acceptance, and peace. He will always live on in your mind and heart.


Kathy Devries posted on 4/21/20

I’m so sorry to hear if George’s passing. His face will be missed at the salon. My thoughts and prayers go out to you, Marge, Kathy and the rest of your family.


Sabina Rocha-Montemayor posted on 4/21/20

The staff at Lulu's the Salon send their deepest condolences to the family of Mr. George. It was always a pleasure to see and talk with him when he had his appointments. He will be missed. Prayers to you and your family.


Jackie Picard posted on 4/20/20

So sorry for your loss.