Lord, George

Posted in Obituaries

George Herbert Lord, 79, died Jan. 18, 2009, in Deatsville, Ala.

He was born Jan. 23, 1929, in Dover Township, Mich., the son of Elizabeth and Tracy Lord.

He attended schools in Seneca and Morenci, Mich. In 1947 he married Donna Evers.

George worked for Bancroft Cleaners in Morenci until 1959, and then began a 30-year career with Farm Bureau Insurance Company. In 1960, he moved his family to Berrien Springs, Mich., where he became agency manager for Berrien and Cass counties. He won many awards for his accomplishments. He was president of the Rotary Club and a member of Jaycees and Toastmasters. 

George left the insurance business for three years to manage public relations and development for Tree-Mendus Fruit Farms, Eau Claire, Mich. He returned to Farm Bureau in 1977 and moved to Bellaire, Mich. His primary duties were field management of personnel and recruitment and training of agents.

Upon retirement in 1994, George and Donna moved to a summer lake home near Hudson, Mich., and spent winters in Sebastian, Fla. In 2004, they moved to Millbrook, Ala., and made their home near their son, Dan, and his family. George and Donna celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Oct. 4, 2007.

George enjoyed remodeling houses, carpentry, golfing, boating, fishing, traveling and entertaining grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Donna; daughter Kathleen of Holland, Mich., and son Daniel (and Karen) Lord of Millbrook, Ala.; sisters Ruth and Mary of Sebastian, Fla., Cynthia of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Charline of Chatham, Ontario; brothers Paul of London, Ontario, and Lloyd of Ocala, Fla.;  sisters-in-law Connie Lord (and Tracy) and Helen (and Harold) Anderson; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and lifetime friends John and Joyce VanValkenburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Tracy and Harold; and great-grandson Darren. 

According to George's wishes, cremation has taken place. Burial will foloow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci at a later date.

Donna Lord now resides at the Resurrection Life Center, 65 Charlton Place, Deatsville, AL 36022.

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