In memory of

Thomas E. George, age 67, of Jefferson City

August 24, 1946 – January 28, 2014


Thomas Edward George, age 67, of Jefferson City, passed away at St. Peter’s Hospital on January 28, 2014.  He was born on August 24, 1946 to Leo and Theresa (Schmaus) George in Sisseton, SD.  He graduated from Effington High School in 1964.

Tom was a Navigation System Technician in the United States Air Force where he retired after 23 years of service to our country.  While in the service he met the love of his life, Gabriele and they were married on October 11, 1968 in Bitburg, Germany.

Tom loved fishing, camping, hunting, telling jokes and making people laugh.  But most of all loved to spend time with his family.

Tom is survived by his wife of 45 years, Gabriele; children: Theresa Sanders, Ron George and Thomas George; sibling: Betty Dykes, Craig (Ellen) George, Shirley Murray, Jon (Punkin) George, Keith (Ginny) George, Richie (Kathy) George, Brenda Nerpel, Lynette (Don) Brass; sister-in-law Delores George; 7 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in Death by his parents Leo and Theresa George; brothers Buddy George and Fran George; sisters Phyllis Blomquist and Barbara George.

A funeral service will be 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at Retz Funeral Home. A military honor graveside service will follow the service at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery, Fort Harrison. Reception will follow at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1867 N. Washington Street, Helena. To offer a condolence or share a memory of Tom, please visit below.




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  1. Toni Allard says

    Tom was a dear man, a devoted military veteran and above all, a devoted family man. He will be missed by many who have crossed his path through the years and across the country. Tom (and Gabi) were the best of friend(s) to me and have and will always be held close to my heart.

  2. Sharon Wise Potter says

    Tom was an awesome cousin, I am so sorry for your loss. The years have passed quickly, suddenly we all lose contact, but thankfully, somehow, we all still feel the love. Gabi and family, my sincere condolences. I only wished we could have met one more time!

  3. Jim and Tammy Norman says

    Thank you tommy for being a loyal friend and cousin may god give comfort to gabi and all your loved ones we will miss talking to you over time rest in peace my friend jim

  4. Kathy Schmaus Rice says

    I hate to see you leave us so soon. The years go by so fast and we never got to spend alot of time together, but always enjoyed seeing you on trips to Montana. My heart goes out to your wife Gabi, your children and brothers and sisters. May God give them comfort and peace. Will miss you and your smiling face. Your cousin Kathy

  5. Roger & Clarice George says

    Our thoughts and prayers to all your family in this time of sorrow. We have fond memories of the times we spent together . Seeing you all in Montana a few years ago was great. Tommy was a great cousin and friend. The world will not be the same without him.
    All our love and sympathy,

  6. David Cates says

    All of our prayers go out to the George Family. Tom and I served in the USAF together many years ago and I will always remember his life lessons. God took him too soon and hopefully he is teaching those same lessons right now. May you rest in peace Tom!

    Dave Cates

  7. Nancy sharpe says

    My heart is filled with sorrow with your passing dear cousin, you will be missed by so many I will always remember your smile and how much love you had to share with us, it was always a joy to see you. Gabi & family my prayer is you will find God’s strength to get past these days of great sorrow, please know you are loved by many. God Bless you my friends & cousins.

  8. David George says

    My condolences to Gabi, Teresa, Ronnie, Tommy and their families, and Tommy’s sisters and brothers and their families. Tommy was not only a cousin but a good friend as well. Whenever I thought about calling him the phone would ring and it was Tommy. He was very good person and fun to be around. I will miss his humor and wit, besides his phone calls. Rest in Peace cousin Tom.
    Love David

  9. Gordy George and Family says

    Tommy was a wonderful man i sure wish i could of spent more time with him. i always looked up to my older cousins he definitely was one of them so thankful for his service. Our hearts and prayers go out to Gabi and famliy. also his wonderful brothers and sister. love you all.

  10. Carole Schmaus Thorp says

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Gabby and all of Tom’s family. He left us too soon. He will be missed, but I’m sure he is welcomed by all of our family who have passed into Heaven before him. I remember fondly all the fun times we had as children when Tom came to spend part of the summer at the farm. I am thankful for the times we have been able to visit in MT in recent years. May God be with all of Tom’s family in their grieving.

  11. marita rossi says

    My condolences to Gabi, Teresa, Ronnie, Tommy and their families. Rest in Peace Tom. All my love and sympathy from marita and fam.

  12. Jim Brewer says

    Sorry to hear of Toms passing. Best wishes to everyone.

  13. Deana and Norman Hills says

    Tom was a great man. He will be missed. Our condolences and prayers to the family.

  14. I will dearly miss my uncle. Tom always brought love and humor with him where ever he went. Gabi, T resa, Ronnie, Tommy, always remember what a happy, wonderful husband and father you were blessed with and take comfort in knowing he loved you all.



  16. Tommy Griffin says

    My condolences to Aunt Gabi, Teresa, Ronnie, Tommy and your families! My thoughts are with all of you.

  17. roswitha kaspari says

    My condolences to my Sister Gabi and her family. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family. All my love and sympathy from Roswitha and family.

  18. Michaela Weber says

    My Condolance to my Aunt Gaby and her family.My toughts and prayers are with her and her family.All my love and sympathie from Michaela and Family

  19. Betty Dykes says

    You will be missed that’s for sure, But once again your new life has begun with God above and wait its not the end we’ll meet again in heaven my brother and my friend. Love you Tommy My thoughts and prayers to Gabie and Toms family.

  20. My condolences to Aunt Gabi, Teresa, Ronnie, Tommy and families. Thinking of you all.

  21. Sonja Mitchell says

    My Condolences to my Sister,Teresa,Ronnie and Tommy.My thoughts are with you all.All my love Sonja,Tanya and Allan.

  22. Joyce and Bob Vesco and Helen Petrich says

    To Tommy’s family and sisters and brothers:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Blessings and love at this difficult time. Sincere sorrow, Joyce, Bob and Helen

  23. Tucker George says

    My Uncle Tom was one of a kind! Although I will not see you again until my time comes I will always remember your face always smiling, our weekly chats on the phone whether it was us talking or holding a conversation with Ron being our “middle man” relaying messages. I wont forget all the laughs we shared…generally at someone else’s expense. I will never forget your hugs or kisses. With a heavy heart I want to say good bye and I love you so much. Love your nephew! Oh and if you could please be with me for the next fantasy football draft, Let’s finally pick a winner! Love you!!! Love you!!! Love you!!!

  24. Dear Uncle Tom,
    I didn’t know you as much as I would have liked to and it makes me sad. It always hurts when you lose a family member regardless of how much you knew them. I don’t have much memories either but the one thing I do remember is your smile, and how happy & loving you were with everyone. Every time I think of you I just see your smiling face. You were a great person & I wish I would have had the chance to know you better. It hurts my heart to see everyone so hurt & upset but it just proves even more how much of a wonderful person you were! Definitely one of a kind . You will be missed so much by everyone & we will always keep you alive in our hearts & in memory. I am happy for you-as much as it sucks- because now you are finally at peace & free to do all the things you love to. You have no worries anymore. You can go back to your Happy, silly, and mischievous self again (I heard LOTS of stories lol) .
    Rest in Paradise Uncle Tom, don’t raise too much hell up there !

    My deepest condolences to Aunt Gabi & family. Everyone will get through this terrible loss, our family is STRONG & we are each others best support system. He will be with us all until we meet him again & he will help the family get through this.

  25. Al Whitehead says

    Mary and I met Tom and Gabby in the early 1970s in Rapid City. We worked hard, played hard and formed a friendship that has endured for 40 years despite the time and distance between us. Although It brings a smile as the fond memories come to mind, I’ll miss Tom deeply and we offer Gabby and family our deepest sympathy. Farewell buddy…Al

  26. Char and Mike Dykes says

    We were so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. He was so dear to so many friends and family. Tom always seemed to have a smile for everyone he was with, and we so enjoyed spending time with him. I am so happy we had the chance to visit with Uncle Tom when he came out to Washington for Betty’s big birthday bash last April. He was always fun to be with, and his wonderful sense of humor brought so many smiles to those around him.
    Our deepest sympathy goes out to Gaby, Teresa, Ronnie, and Tom at this difficult time. Our love and prayers are with you all. Char & Mike

  27. Mike McColeman says

    We are sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. He was a great guy to work with and a good friend. He was always there for anyone who needed his help. He will be missed. Our condolances to Gabby and the rest of the family…you are all in our prayers.

  28. Marcia Schmaus says

    I have been thinking about Tommy and all the good times. There are so many memories. I am going to remember when Tommy stayed with us on the farm, and we were going out to do chores in the winter time. Mom dressed Tommy very warm, she put a white dish towel on his head and put a cap on over that, along with coat, gloves and boots. When she put the dish towel on his head, Judy, Tommy, and I looked at each other, and laughed. Tommy was grinning from ear to ear. He looked so cute and he knew it. Even though, I feel the pain of losing Tommy, I will always remember his smile, humor, and all the good times. I send my sympathy to Gabby, Theresa, Ron, and Tom, to all Tommy’s grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and to Tommy’s brothers and sisters. We love you all.

  29. Geraldine Schmid Kriz says

    Our family sends our sympathy to Tom’s family, we have fond memories of living in Washington state and spending time with the family, many years ago..
    Prayers, love and thoughts are sent your way.
    The Schmid family,
    Dianna, Pete, Geraldine, Sandra, Judy and Jane

  30. Kim Parvinen says

    Keeping your whole family in my thoughts and prayers. I am happy I had the pleasure of meeting Tom. May the Lord embrace and comfort you all.
    God Bless.

  31. Bob & Gaye Pettis says

    We will always remember Tommy as a superb conversationalist with his winning personality and sharp wit. He led the way when us cousins gathered together. It was always “Let the good times roll” with stories full of laughter and fun adventures.
    I met Tommy in my early teens and was struck by his charm and good looks mixed with a very gentlemanly attitude. He will always be that gentleman cousin too me.
    In our early twenties, Gaye and I met him and Gabby at uncle Bobby’s in Kirkland and have enjoyed many gatherings and picnics since never running short of stories and laughs. Even when he could not come to Thompson Falls a few years ago to hunt and fish, he gave me good leads on where he had been. He faced his deteriorating health issues with resolve, a positive attitude, and an inspiration to us all. The man is truly loved who loves others and Tommy was all that and more. Until we meet in heaven, farewell to a dear cousin and friend. Our deepest sympathy go out in prayer to Gabby and Tommy’s children.
    Tommy will always be remembered by his cousin Judy when they sang their favorite song together, “Missing In Action” – an olden day song about a soldier … how befitting!
    Bob & Gaye

  32. Pierce Schmaus says

    Pierce&Barb would like to give our condolances to Gabby and all of your children. I remember when we were young kids playing in homestead mt. Playing cards and having ablast. I dont think met anyone who didnt like him. I will miss my cousin and friend. Sincerely yours, Pierce & Barb Schmaus

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