MOUNT VERNON — George Edward Beougher, 72, of Mount Vernon went home to be with his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, on Thursday, July 30, 2009, following a brief illness.
He was born in Lancaster on June 25, 1937, to Carl and Marjorie Beougher. He was a 1959 graduate of Fort Wayne Bible College.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Kathelene (Exelby) Beougher.
He is survived by his present wife, Marilyn (Ketchel) Beougher; children, Martha (Harold) Jackson, Timothy (Susan) Beougher, Nathanael (Ronda) Beougher and MaryAnna Beougher; stepchildren, James (Jacqueline) Ketchel, Richard (Brenda) Ketchel, Mary (Timothy) Mundy and William (Jennifer) Ketchel; 18 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
George wore many hats. He served as a substitute teacher in the Mount Vernon Middle School system, was an elder in the Mount Vernon Christian Fellowship (which was pastored by his first wife), and taught numerous bible studies and Sunday school classes. He was involved with the Knox County Ministerial Association and a regular participant at the weekly Community Prayer Meetings.
Since 1965 he has been known as the “Ice Cream Man” and he was easily identified by the colorful red and white candy-striped Joy Wagon from which he served delicious treats to children of all ages. This has been more than a business to him; it has been a ministry wherein he spread the love and joy of the Lord to people, young and old. Quick to offer prayer and encouragement to anyone with whom he came in contact, he never missed an opportunity to share Jesus Christ. He lived life with energy, passion and zeal.
George will be remembered for the many smiles he spread throughout the Knox, Richland and Marion areas.
The service celebrating his life will be held Sunday, at 3 p.m. at Trinity Assembly of God Church, 1051 Beech St., Mount Vernon. Pastor Don Matolyac will officiate the service. The family will receive friends Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 E. High St., Mount Vernon.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Voice of the Martyrs, P.O. Box 443, Bartlesville, OK 74005.
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Online condolences may be expressed to the family at snyderfuneralhomes.com.
The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of George Edward Beougher.