George McKinley Custer, 89, Bethel Township, Miami County, Ohio, died February 17, 2017 in the Hospice Unit at Upper Valley Medical Center.

He was born February 13, 1928 in Tipp City.   George was a 1947 graduate of Tipp City Schools.  He retired from A O Smith in 1993 and from farming in 2000.  He was a member of the New Carlisle Church of the Brethren where he served as head usher and as a Deacon.

George married his wife, Velma, June 7, 1952. They would have celebrated their 65th anniversary in June.

George was preceded in death by his parents Edgar Robert Custer and Gladys (Hawn) Custer, brother Edgar Custer, sister Rita Seybold, and grandson Stephen Cox.

George is survived by his wife, Velma and his sister and brother-in-law Nancy and Don Timmer of Plano Texas.  George is also survived by four children and their spouses:  Jean and Doug Cox of Germantown, Jim and Janet Taylor of Troy, Sam and Toni Custer of Versailles, and David and Linda Custer of Washington Court House.  George enjoyed 10 grandchildren: Sarah, Stephen, Julie, Elizabeth, Christina, Nathan, Joseph, Matthew, Rachel and Jonathon.  He is also survived by 12 great grandchildren: Evan, Samantha, Brooks, Cole, Andee, Genevieve, Samuel, Owen, Lucy, Martha, Maggie, and George. 

George enjoyed his farm work of raising beef cattle.  One of George’s favorite things to do in the spring was hunt mushrooms in the woods.  In the winter you might have found him playing with family and friends on the sled riding hill.  He had a collection of miniature John Deere tractors.  George and Velma enjoyed completing jigsaw puzzles together. 

Services will be at Frings and Bayliff Funeral Home, 327 W Main St, Tipp City, OH 45371.   Viewing will be Tuesday, February 21 from 4:00 till 7:00 o’clock pm.  The funer service will be held Wednesday, February 22 at 10:30am.  There will be a brief viewing prior to the funeral service starting at 9:45am.  Pastor Andrew Wright will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the New Carlisle Church of the Brethren Memorial Fund or Heifer International. www.fringsandbayliff.com