George S. Pappas, 82, died Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, at his home in Garden City.
He was born May 12, 1935, in Garden City, to Sam and Chrysanthe Macreathu Pappas.
He was a lifetime Garden City resident, graduating from Garden City High School in 1952.
He served in the National Guard from 1952 to 1965. He founded Pappas Concrete in the early 1960s and retired in March 1992.
He was a charter member of Bible Christian Church in Garden City, where he served as an elder and Sunday school teacher for many years. He served on the USD 457 Board of Education in the mid-1980s and coached girls slow pitch softball for six years. He was an avid fisherman and was a member of High Plains Bassmasters. He enjoyed golfing, playing baseball and basketball, water skiing, playing pool, cards and dominoes, playing his guitar and singing, four-wheeling and watching the Kansas City Chiefs. He especially loved the Lord and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
On Jan. 22, 1955, he married Melva June Cook in Garden City.
He is survived by three children, Sam Pappas and wife Tracy of Oklahoma City, Susan Newell and husband Darin of Garden City, and Angie Pappas of Garden City; two sisters, Mary Ann Kosan of Benbrook, Texas, and Maggie Dodd of Broken Arrow, Okla.; eight grandchildren, Bryce Pappas, Shalyn Hooten, Tyler Newell, Colton Newell, Sara Newell, Breanda Newell, Haeli Newell and Sharae Green; and two great-grandchildren, Lykaios Newell and Kayson Newell. He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Melva; his parents; a sister, Eve Bates; and a brother, Chris Manasis.
Funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Bible Christian Church in Garden City. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery, with graveside rites conducted by the Kansas Army National Honor Guard.
Visitation for friends and family will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at Garnand Funeral Home in Garden City. Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com. Memorials are suggested to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, in care of the funeral home, 412 N. Seventh St., Garden City, KS 67846.