George Maye, of Macomb, Ill., was born to Ernest and Marie Maye, European immigrants, on September 8, 1937, in Chicago, Ill. He moved to Marshfield, Mo., in 1950, graduated from Marshfield High School in 1955. He attended Missouri University for two years.
In January, 1960, he married Chris Vavruska and that November was drafted into the Army. He was honorably discharged with the rank of SP5 September, 1962, and returned to college, graduating from SMS in 1964 with a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry. He was employed with the USDA for 30 years, working in many labs across the country, finally retiring in 1992 at the age of 55. George was able to fully enjoy 25 years of retirement which included building a home in Joplin, Mo., to be close to family. During that 25 years, he and Chris extensively traveled with loved ones - from Texas to Alaska and everywhere in between in their RV.
For 20 years they enjoyed the home they built in Joplin. George had a great sense of humor and always had a devious sparkle in his eye when up to no good. Among other things, he was also a volunteer and delivered Meals on Wheels and helped in Joplin's Free Clinic. He loved to build in his wood shop. Due to health reasons, they moved to Macomb to be close to their children. They became members of St. Paul's Catholic Church. He and Chris also took Chair Yoga classes to which he continued until the day before his 80th birthday.
George was preceded in death by his brother, Joey, his 5½ year old son, Curt, both parents, and sister, Therese Koester, of DeSoto, Mo.
Survivors are wife, Chris; son, Chuck (Tracy) Maye, of St. Charles, Mo.; daughter, Dawn (Tim) Piper, of Macomb; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; sister, Jeanne (Larry deceased) Pekarek, of Joplin, Ann (Duane) Davis, of Neosho, Mo.; brother-in-law, Jim (Pat) Vavruska, of Niangua, Mo.; and many nieces and nephews.
George was ready to leave this world and shortly before his passing said, "I've had a good life, a very good life. I have a good family. How many people get to retire at 55 years old and live another 25 years?"
George was surrounded by his loved ones and passed away peacefully at home, connected to those he loved until the very end. He will be greatly missed.
Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 20, at St Paul's Catholic Church. Visitation will be held Tuesday, September 19, from 5 until 7 p.m. with prayer service at 7 p.m. at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home. Father Adam Stimpson will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Paul's School.
Published on September 17, 2017