Philip M. George, 82, passed away Friday, October 16, 2015, at Four Seasons in Columbus. He was a former longtime resident of Franklin and a resident of Lamb Lake.
He was born Jan. 12, 1933, in Brazil, to Victor Philip and Ruth (Henderson) George. Phil married Patricia Veach George on Aug. 30, 1953. She lovingly survives.
He also is survived by three children, Elaine George of Cincinnati, Ohio, Christopher (Debra) George of Columbus and Ann-Marie (Scott) Larson of Alpharetta, Georgia. Also surviving are two granddaughters, Alyssa and Hannah George and three grandsons, Cameron, Trevor and Jack Larson.
Phil was a graduate of Brazil High School and the Indiana University School of Optometry. He served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany following World War II.
Phil was an optometrist in Franklin for 40 years, retiring in 2003.
His memberships included the American Optometry Association and the Indiana Optometric Association. He served 12 years as a member of the State Board of Registration and Examination for Optometry and was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash in 1983.
He was a member of the Indianapolis Valley of Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry; Franklin Masonic Lodge No. 107, F & A M, American Legion Post 0777, Franklin Rotary Club, Franklin Elks Club and served as President of the Franklin Parks and Recreation Board. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Franklin.
Phil was an avid outdoorsman. He loved fishing, golfing, and turkey hunting in Bull Shoals, Arkansas. He loved long walks around Lamb Lake with his friends, his children and his grandchildren. He rode his bike to and from his optometry practice in Franklin for many years.
He was a sports enthusiast who was a Golden Gloves boxer in his youth, a minor league baseball player for the Chicago Cubs and a Franklin softball league pitcher until the age of 53.
The Rev. Peter Jessen will conduct a celebration of Phil’s life at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Flinn and Maguire Funeral Home, 2898 N. Morton St., (U.S. 31 North) in Franklin. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m, Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery where military honors will be conducted by the Franklin American Legion Post No. 205.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Johnson County, 3827 N. Graham Road, Franklin, IN 46131; First Presbyterian Church of Franklin, 100 E. Madison St., Franklin, IN or to the Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, 2626 E. 17 St., Columbus, IN 47201.
Online condolences may be received at flinnmaguire.net.