George Frederick Dersheimer
Published in The Washington Post on Apr. 24, 2020

George Frederick Dersheimer, age 89, passed away peacefully at his home in Galveston on
Thursday, April 16, 2020.

George was born November 14, 1930 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania to Theron George and
Katherine Miller Dersheimer.

Preceded in death by his parents, George is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Marjorie
Schroeder Dersheimer, children, Richard Dersheimer, Katherine Dersheimer VanDewalli and
husband, John, all of Galveston, Texas, and David Dersheimer and wife, Charity of Owensboro,
Kentucky; grandchildren, Heather Dersheimer, Jessica Holloway and husband, Matt, and Haley
Dersheimer, all of Owensboro, Kentucky, and Ryan VanDewalli of Galveston, Texas; and
great-grandchildren, Lennon and Laurel Dersheimer-Cupples, Leona, Matilda and Emily
Holloway, all of Owensboro, Kentucky.

George grew up in our Nation's capital attending
McKinley Technical High School (1949)
and Wilson Teachers College where he earned a BA in Elementary Education in 1953.He
received his Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma in
Norman, Oklahoma in 1971.

George served 22 years in the United States Air Force, retiring in 1975 at the rank of Major. He
held the rating of Master Navigator and Senior Missileer, which included assignments at
Strategic Air Command in Omaha, Nebraska and the Cheyenne, Wyoming Minuteman Missile
program. Throughout his distinguished career in the Air Force, George was awarded the
Distinguished Flying Cross and six Air Medals during the Viet Nam conflict.

His post military retirement employment included six years in the home office of American
National Insurance Company in Galveston; four years as a Training Representative for Saudi
Petrochemical Company, both in the United States and in Saudi Arabia, and, along with his
children, as the owner/operator of Design Graphics, an advertising and design studio in
Galveston, in operation until his retirement.

Active in his community, George was a member of Holy Family Parish and member of the
former St. Peter's Men's Club, the Galveston West End Lions Club and a proud member of The
Bernardo de Galvez Chapter No.1 of The National Society of the Sons of The American
Revolution, receiving SAR Silver, Bronze and Meritorious Service Medal Awards.

George has requested to be cremated, and a private family service will be held during this time
of COVID-19 social distancing.

A celebration of George's life will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be sent to The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice Street, Galveston,
Texas 77550 or to the charity of your choice.

To share a memory or leave a condolence, please visit George's page at