George Ralph Southworth 1931-2016

George Ralph Southworth

George Ralph Southworth of Medford, 84, passed away on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at the Golden Living Center/Continental Manor in Abbotsford under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services. Services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 20 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford with Father Phil Juza and Deacon Joseph Stefancin officiating. Pallbearers were Patrick, Daniel, Dennis and Donald Southworth, Craig Bolz, and Daniel and George Kalmon. Cremainal inurnment will take place at a later date in Molitor Catholic Cemetery in the Township of Molitor. Visitation was held from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, July 20 at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford.

George was born on October 24, 1931 in La Farge to the late Claire Albert and Agnes Theresa (Klister) Southworth. He was a graduate of Owen High School. On August 10, 1955 in Medford, George married the love of his life, Elaine L. Kalmon, and she survives. George served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1954. He drove truck for several trucking outfits in Wisconsin and Minnesota. George served as town chairman of Hammel, on the Medford Area School Board, Taylor County Board and Restorative Justice Board. He was a Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus, part of the men’s choir at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, and he helped with CCD, RCIA, marriage classes and prayer groups. He also participated in two group mission trips. George enjoyed snowmobiling, traveling, logging, skiing, farming, fixing his Model-T and tractors. He loved serving people and helping in whatever capacity he could, but most of all he loved his family. He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Medford American Legion and VFW.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Mary Jo (Paul) Peplinski of Milladore, Audrey Ann (Clark) Woznicki of Eau Claire and Patrick (Janet) Southworth of Clarksville, TN; grandchildren, Paul, Justin and Elizabeth Peplinski, and William, Matthew and Phillip Southworth; brothers and sisters; Donald (Annette) Southworth of Wausau, Charlotte Bolz of Medford, John (Betty) Southworth of Stratford, Mary Hessefort of Oshkosh, Dennis (Nancy) Southworth of Rhinelander and Daniel (Marge) Southworth of Aniwa; and brothers- and sisters-in-law, Janice Southworth of Palatine, TX, Marge Kalmon, Imy Kalmon, Steve Kalmon, Penny Kalmon, David (Laura) Kalmon, Pat (Allen) Huber, Jeff (Debra) Kalmon and George (Rita) Kalmon. George is further survived by many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Bernice Guerten; brother, James Southworth; brothers-in-law, Bill Guerten, Conrad Bolz, Lee Hessefort, Frank Kalmon, Allen Kalmon and Dennis Kalmon; father-in-law, Steve G. Kalmon; and mother-in-law, Laura I. (Larson) Kalmon. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in George’s name to Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Holy Rosary Catholic Schools, Aspirus Hospice Services and the Never Forgotten Honor Flight.
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