Dr. George Pestrue passed away suddenly on Saturday Nov 12, 2022. He had just enjoyed a college football game in Ann Arbor with his son.
George was born in Bentley, MI in the family home to parents Elmer Pestrue and Marguarette (Francis) Pestrue. He grew up an active and curious boy graduating from Standish High School in 1956 as a 4-sport letterman before attending Central Michigan University for his undergraduate degree. After Central he attended Garrett Theological Seminary and then Northwestern University in Evanston, IL where he received his Ph.D. in Psychology. In 1965 he married Janice Kilmer of Barron, WI and they would go on to have three wonderful children.
While still in the Chicago area George worked as a Chaplain at the Evanston State Hospital before coming back to Standish where he worked in mental health services for over 50 years. For many of those years he also taught Psychology courses at Delta College.
When George was not working, he could either be found on the tennis courts playing the game he loved or at sporting events and concerts where his children were involved. Later in life he would compete in senior tennis tournaments across the country ranking among the best players in his age group. In addition to tennis, he enjoyed rounds of golf with friends and traveling to Florida during the winter to spend time with his sister.
George is remembered by all who knew him as someone who was intelligent and kind, quick with a joke and a jab, always giving to people he knew, and no one was a stranger.
George is survived by his sister Barbara Roning, and brothers Elmer (Rose) Pestrue, Ralph (Sharyl) Pestrue and David (Cindy) Pestrue; children, Justin (Wendy) Pestrue, Joel (Holly) Pestrue, Trevor Pestrue, and three grandchildren. George was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 11am at the Lee Ramsay Funeral Home-STANDISH CHAPEL, Standish, Michigan. The family will greet family and friends Friday, November 18, 2022 from 3 pm until 7 pm and from 9 am until time of service at 11 am on Saturday at the Lee Ramsay Funeral Home-Standish Chapel.