TRAVERSE CITY — George D. Averill of Traverse City passed away on Oct. 24, 2013, at the age of 69. He was born in Coopersville, Mich., to Keith and Phyllis (Rahn) Averill on April 4, 1944.
George was a friend to all. You could meet him and 10 minutes later feel like he was your lifelong pal. George’s love for his children and grandchildren was immeasurable. He cherished every moment spent with them. George enjoyed riding his motorcycle, reading and working in the yard.
After a career in the banking world, George went onto become an electrician. Upon retiring from VanKempen Electric of Grand Rapids, he moved to Traverse City with his wife, Helen. Winters were spent in Sebring, Fla., where he helped care for his handicapped stepdaughter while enjoying the sunny south.
George was an amazing man who will continue to be loved and missed by many.
He is survived by his loving wife, Helen (Brazelton) Averill; children, Keith Averill (Barbara) of Ada, Mich., Scott Averill (Jaime) of Chicago, Gina Marie Gagilo (Joseph) of California, Scott Erickson (Sara) and Bridget Erickson of Traverse City; grandchildren, Keaton, Nicholas, Krystal, Kole, Charliese and Baker; brother, Earl Averill (Lisa) of Jupiter, Fla.; and sister, Tonya Lemen.
A visitation will be held today, Oct. 28, at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home from 2-4 p.m. and from 6-8 p.m. A funeral service will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Assoc., or GTI Inc. of Traverse City.
Please visit www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com to share your memories of George.