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George E. Mescher

Emery, SD

1935, 1795, Custer, SP-2 common labor
1936, 1793, Pine Creek (Keystone), SP-1 construction labor
1936, 1793, Lodge, SP-4
1937, 1793, Lodge, SP-4

Born: Mon., Nov. 11, 1912
Died: Thu., Jan. 10, 2008

George E. Mescher, 95, of South Haven died Thursday, January 10 at his home.

He was born November 11, 1912 in Emery, South Dakota to Ben and Mary (Bunger) Mescher. He graduated from Emery High School in 1930, he then attended the University of South Dakota for one year. George worked on farms during the summers. In April of 1935, George joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in the Black Hills of South Dakota building log bridges, shelters and dams. George served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He married Dixie Franklin on July 15, 1942. George worked for Olson Brothers Construction for 32 years retiring in 1977. George was a member of the First United Methodist Church of South Haven where he was very active. George served on two committees for the school system, the planning committee for several years and the building authority since 1988. George also delivered meals on wheels for several years, worked with We Care and worked on eight of the houses built for Habitat for Humanity.

He is preceded in death along with his parents by his wife - Dixie Mescher in 1994 and son - Philip Mescher in 1997.

He is survived by 2 sons - Matthew Mescher of Wayzata, MN and Ben Mescher of McLean, VA. One daughter - Mary Mescher of New York City, NY. One brother - Earl Mescher of California. Four sisters - Eva Andersson of Texas, Marie Hagin of South Dakota, Esther Goulart of California, Barbara Lovett of Oklahoma and sister-in-law Ruth Roe of South Haven, Michigan.

Visitation will be from 2 - 5 on Sunday, January 13 at the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Monday at 11:00 A.M. at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. William Torrey and Rev. John Fisher officiating. Memorial contributions can be made to the First United Methodist Church or South Haven Area Hospice. Kindly share your thoughts and memories on the family's online guest book at

The family is being helped by the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home of South Haven 637-0333.

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