Florissant, CO — George F. Tomlinson, 83, of Florissant, CO, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at Community Bible Study in Colorado Springs, CO.
George is being cremated and there will be no visitation.
Memorials may be sent to Mountain Memorial Funeral Home in Divide, CO to be given to the family for future designation.
George was born on Jan. 11, 1936, to Richard Tomlinson and Doris (McNally) Tomlinson in O’Neill, he grew up one of nine children. He enjoyed flying his family’s airplane, playing sports, riding horses and raking and stacking hay during the summers at a large ranch near his childhood home.
After graduating from St. Mary's Academy in O’Neill in 1954, he moved to Texas to work on a cattle ranch, “punch’n cows” and riding the rodeo.
George joined the U.S. Army in 1955 as a certified aircraft mechanic and crew chief. Serving in Germany, he also enjoyed riding his bicycle throughout Europe and taking pictures of the countryside. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1958 and served in the U.S. Army Reserves through 1961.
In 1958, he moved to Lincoln, and attended two years of college at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, where he played football and soccer. While in college, he worked at Miller & Paine Department Store, where he met Joan M. Chriswisser.
George and Joan were married on June 4, 1960, and were blessed with three children, sons Shawn and Guy, and daughter Perri.
When they lived in Lincoln, George and his family enjoyed camping, boating and racing moto-cross.
He worked several route sales jobs before getting into the trucking industry. He made a good life for his family, working as a lease-operator truck driver for several trucking companies before working with Chieftain Van Lines of Ralston. After 43 years on the road, he retired in 2008.
George and Joan moved their family to Colorado in 1976 and enjoyed life in the mountains near Florissant. They rode motorcycles and snowmobiles, shot rifles and spent time in nature, while raising their children, of whom George was extremely proud.
He was active in the church he attended when he wasn’t on the road.
George also enjoyed watching movies, Nebraska Cornhusker sports (football and women’s volleyball mostly), working on his truck, making friends, socializing and helping Joan with her projects. But above all, he loved spending time with his close-knit family, both immediate and extended.
Because he had driven his truck all over the United States, he had a story for each trip he had gone on. And anyone who knew George has heard one or more of his stories. If you were ever lost, no matter in which state, he could give you directions. He was an amazing man who influenced many lives and will be missed immensely. However his legacy will live on through all those he loved.
George is survived by Joan his wife of nearly 60 years; two sons Shawn (Shari) Tomlinson of Victor, CO and Guy (Lucy) Tomlinson of Colorado Springs, CO; one daughter Perri Zimmerman of Colorado Springs, CO; seven grandchildren Sarah (Cody) Connelly, Michael Tomlinson, Alejandra Rodriguez, Julio Tapia, Katie Tomlinson, Randi (Coire) Rivera and Jaymi Zimmerman; nine great-grandchildren Lillian, Parker, Alexis, Micala, Colin, Amelia, Marley, Cayden and Cyler; two brothers Dennis of O’Neill and John "Casey" of Glendale, AZ; and one sister Patty Brookhouser of Lincoln.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers Richard, Michael "Mickey" and James; and two sisters Emma Jean Parks and Susie Syslo.
Online condolinces may be left for the family at www.mountain memorialfh.com.