2018-06-20 / Obituaries

George A. Kamstra

George A. Kamstra, 91, of Rossville, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 17, 2018, at Milner Community Health Care Center, Rossville.

Born Aug. 22, 1926, in Lafayette, Ind., he was the son of Garrett and Mattie (Minniear) Kamstra. He was a 1944 graduate of Rossville High School, where he was a proud member of a very successful Rossville Hornet basketball team. Shortly after graduation, George enlisted in the U.S Navy, serving his country in Guam during World War II. On July 7, 1946, George married the love of his life, Phyllis Buck, who survives.

During his working career, George owned a Texaco filling station in Rossville and then worked at Fairfield Manufacturing Company in Lafayette for 29 years, retiring in 1988.

George was a leader with a servant’s heart and willingly gave his time and talents to many organizations. He was a member of Rossville Presbyterian Church, where he served as Elder, Deacon, Trustee and Sunday School Superintendent; a 50-year member of Rossville Masonic Lodge; a long-time, dedicated member of the Rossville Lions Club; an elected official on the Rossville School Board for eight years, serving as president of the board for a term; and served on the Milner Community Health Care Center Board of Directors for six years.

In addition to his work and service, he enjoyed golfing and was an avid basketball fan of Indiana University, the University of Cincinnati, and the Rossville Hornets.

George was a loving husband, father, and grandfather with a steadfast devotion to his family.

Along with his wife, Phyllis, George is survived by his children, Linda McMains (Ron) of Rossville, John Kamstra (Karla) of Bloomington, and Garrett Kamstra (Betty) of North Bend, Ohio; ten grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, John, Garrett and Donald; and a sister, Ruth Mather.

The service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at the Rossville Presbyterian Church with Pastor Mike Lyle officiating. Burial with military rites by the Clinton County Honor Guard will follow at Rossville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at Genda Funeral Home Rossville Chapel and one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Rossville School Foundation or the Rossville Presbyterian Church.

Online condolences may be made at www.gendafuneralhome.com.

The Kamstra family thanks the staff of Milner Community Health Care Center and ViaQuest Hospice for the compassionate care given to our beloved patriarch.

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