|George L. Templeton, 83, of Galesburg, died at 10:22 p.m. Friday, September 24, 2010 in the emergency room of OSF St. Mary Medical Center.
He was born May 23, 1927 in Galesburg, the son of Clarence L. and Mary Abbie Simpkins Templeton. He married Mary Ann Malcolm on December 9, 1950 in Galesburg. She preceded him in death on April 19, 2001.
He is survived by a son, Jack (and Stephanie) Templeton of Galesburg, a daughter, Ann (and Keith) Hunter of Des Moines, Iowa, four grandchildren, Andrew Sprague of Ocean City, Md., Allison Hunter of Des Moines, and Ethan and Benjamin Templeton of Galesburg, a brother, Harvey (and Nancy) Templeton of Galesburg, three sisters, Caroline (and Emil) Adolphson, Margo (and Ray) Jacobs, and Bonnie (and Larry) Reid, all of Galesburg, and a sister-in-law, Bonnie Templeton of Galesburg. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Clarence J. Templeton, and two sisters, Mary Jane Bell and Christine Luper.
George started working with his father in 1939 at Templeton Roofing. He was the second generation owner after his father died in 1955. He was a tireless worker and worked on roofs until his death.
He graduated from Galesburg High School in 1945 and enlisted in the United States Army. He served as a corporal until 1947 with the U.S. Third Infantry (Old Guard), which was a special honor guard that guarded high ranking German prisoners during World War II.
George was a former member of the Noon Lions Club and Western Illinois Homebuilders Association.
He was a selfless individual as well as a kind, generous, and humble father, husband and grandfather. He loved his family dearly, especially his grandchildren. George was an active person his entire life with Templeton Roofing, yard work, and gardening. He will be deeply missed although he is at home, finally able to rest.
Private family funeral will be Thursday in Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Rev. Tom Ek will officiate. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the chapel. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Costa Catholic Academy or Wounded Warriors Project, 7020 AC Skinner Parkway, Suite 100, Jacksonville, FL 32256. Everyone is invited to lunch at the Covenant Church at 1 p.m. Thursday. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.