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George F. Tomlinson

January 11, 1936 ~ December 28, 2019 (age 83)


George F. TOMLINSON, 83, of Florissant, CO, passed into heaven’s glory on December 28, 2019. Born in O’Neill, NE, on January 11, 1936, to Richard Tomlinson and Doris (McNally) Tomlinson, 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, George moved to Texas to work on a cattle ranch, “punch’n cows” and riding the rodeo.

George joined the US 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 Army Reserves through 1961.

In 1958, George moved to Lincoln, NE, and attended two years of college at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, where he played football and soccer. While in college, George worked at Miller & Paine Department Store, where he met Joan M. Chriswisser.

They 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. George 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, NE. 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. George 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 George 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.

Surviving family members include Joan, his wife of nearly 60 years; sons Shawn (Shari) Tomlinson of Victor and Guy (Lucy) Tomlinson of Colorado Springs; daughter, Perri Zimmerman of Colorado Springs; grandchildren Sarah (Cody) Connelly, Michael Tomlinson, Alejandra Rodriguez, Julio Tapia, Katie Tomlinson, Randi (Coire) Rivera, and Jaymi Zimmerman; great grandchildren Lillian, Parker, Alexis, Micala, Colin, Amelia, Marley, Cayden, and Cyler; brothers Dennis of O’Neill and John ("Casey") of Glendale, AZ; and sister Patty Brookhouser of Lincoln. George was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Richard, Michael ("Mickey"), and James; and sisters Emma Jean Parks and Susie Syslo.

The George Tomlinson Celebration of Life event scheduled on April 18, 2020 in Colorado Springs, CO has been postponed indefinitely due to community health concerns related to COVID-19. A new day, time, and location will be announced when this crisis is abated.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Mountain Memorial Funeral Home for the family for future designation. Cremation with no visitation. 

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