George A. Papps, 82, Ottawa, Kan., passed away Thursday, March 27, 2014.
Funeral services are planned for 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at Dengel & Son Mortuary, Ottawa. Friends may pay their respects to Mr. Papps after 1 p.m. Tuesday to the service hour at Dengel & Son Mortuary, where family members plan to meet with friends 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Interment is set for Highland Cemetery, Ottawa, with military honors by Fort Riley Honor Guard and VFW Post 5901.
George was born Tuesday, Feb. 9, 1932, in Osawatomie, Kan., the son of Peter and Harrietta (Jennings) Papps.
He attended Ottawa High School with the class of 1950, later attaining his GED while in the service.
George served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, attaining the rank of Private. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart and two Korean Bronze Stars. He earned the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal Ribbon, United Nations Service Medal Ribbon and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
George was united in marriage with Delores Early July 20, 1952, in Ottawa. She survives of their home.
Survivors also include his two children, Tim Papps, Ottawa, and Paula Lintner and husband, Bill, Overland Park; five grandchildren, Nic and Corinna Papps and Gabrielle, Justin and Cooper Lintner; brother-in-law, Butch Early and wife, Sandy, Wellsville; and close family friend, Bic Cowdin.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Pete, Chris, Margaret and Harry Papps.
He lived in Ottawa since 2010, moving from Garnett, Kan., where he lived for 12 years. He lived in Los Alamos, N.M., from 1977 to 1990. He also resided in Carbondale, Kan., and Conroe, Texas.
George was a master electrician, working for 38 years with AT&T as a systems installer, retiring in the early 1980s. Upon retirement from AT&T, George went to work for the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Post 590l; Boy Scouts of America; fourth degree Knights of Columbus member and former Grand Knight of Sacred Heart Parish of Conroe, Texas; The National Rifle Association; Communication Worker of America, Topeka; and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
The family suggests memorial contributions to VFW Boy Scout Troop No. 74 through Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory St., Ottawa KS 66067.
An online guest book is available at www.dengelmortuary.com