SIKESTON - George M. Renfroe, retired Master Sergeant, USAF, of Sikeston, Mo., formerly of Derby, Kan., ended his journey here on earth on July 26, 2007, at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis. He is now at rest with his Lord and Savior.
George was 64 years, 1 month and 2 days old. He was born in DeQueen, Ark., the second of three sons born to the late Alex and Elsie Renfroe, on June 24, 1943.
George's big brother, Coy, preceded him in death in 1991.
George is survived by his wife of 44 years, Lois Renfroe; sons, Keith Renfroe and his wife, Linda of Sikeston and Ronald Renfroe of Tucson, Ariz.; daughter, Stacy Renfroe of Kansas City, Mo.; five precious grandchildren, grandson Bryson; granddaughters, Elizabeth, Taylor, Marissa and Emma; brother, Clarence and his wife, Kathy of Anchorage, Alaska; five nieces; and a very special friend, Crystal Bachman.
George graduated in 1962 from Hatfield High School in Arkansas. He joined the Air Force in 1966. He began his Air Force career as an instructor at Chanute Air Force Base, Rantoul, Ill. He later became a Master Instructor and Superintendent of the Field Training Detachment at McConnell Air Force Base.
During his Air Force career, he also served in Thailand, Spain, the Philippines, Florida, California and Okinawa. He retired from the Air Force in 1987.
After retiring from the Air Force, he began his second career with Boeing Aircraft Co. in Wichita, Kan. in the training department where he served as an instructor to the Spanish Air Force.
George began working on the Air Force One Project in June of 1990. He continued his work on Air Force One until his retirement in April of 2002. After a few months off, he returned to work on the Air Force One Project as a consultant for Boeing Aircraft, and continued to do so until his death.
George's hobbies included woodcrafting, gardening and fishing.
George will be greatly missed by his family, friends and colleagues. He was always there to lend a helping hand when needed.
Visitation will be held at the Nunnelee Funeral Chapel today from 5-8 p.m. Services will be held in the Nunnelee Chapel on Monday at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. Carl Addison, pastor of Tanner Street Church of God, officiating.
Burial will follow at 3 p.m. at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield, with Full Military Honors provided by The Missouri Military Honor Guard.