Funeral services for George Genant, 85 of Springfield are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 4, 2005, at the Emmanuel Reformed Church in Springfield, with burial in the Emmanuel Cemetery, rural Springfield. Visitation will be at the Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home in Springfield Monday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., followed by a prayer service. The family will be present from 3 to 5 p.m.
George Phillip Genant, son of George and Anna (DeRoos) Genant, was born June 16, 1919, on a farm southwest of Springfield. He died, surrounded by his family, on the farm at rural Springfield on Saturday, January 1, 2005. George attained the age of 85 years, six months and 16 days.
Before George was born, his father died in an accident. His mother later married Gerrit Brink and the family moved to Iowa. He attended Sherman District #6 County School in Iowa through the eighth grade and graduated from Northwestern Academy in Orange City, IA, in 1938.
George moved back to Bon Homme County and purchased a farm on December 1, 1941. He then returned to Iowa to help area farmers. George married Annetta Van Ommeren on June 5, 1947, at Orange City. They returned to the Springfield area and farmed southwest of Springfield from 1948 to 1987. In his earlier years, he did veterinary work in the Bon Homme County area. In 1987, George and Annetta moved into Springfield. George continued to help on the farm for many years. Annetta died September 14, 1991.
George was a faithful member of the Emmanuel Reformed Church in Springfield where he served as an elder and deacon, and taught Sunday School for more than 50 years. George served as president of the Springfield Historical Society for 10 years and also served on the Coop Board of Directors and the Springfield Development Board. He was a member of the Bon Homme County Republican Party, served as a delegate at the SD State Republican Convention, a charter board member of the Bon Homme County Soil Conservation District, charter member of the Springfield Golf Course, a member of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, and served on the Northwestern College Planning Board.
George was best known for his love of music and his beautiful tenor voice. He started his music career when he sang his first solo as an eight-year-old at a school program. George sang in the Bon Homme Men's Chorus for many years, sang in a mixed quartet and male quartet for more than 63 years, sang at many weddings and funerals throughout his life, and started the Family of God Singers. They were awarded the SD Amateur Music Family of the Year.
Along with George's love of music and singing, he will be remembered for his love of his cattle and going to cattle auctions. George faithfully attended his grandchildren's school functions. He will also be remembered for his enjoyment of politics.
Thankful for having shared his life are his children: Laura Martin and husband, Larry of Sioux City, IA; LuAnn Synder and husband, Ken of Sheldon, IA; LaDonn Buchholz and husband, Verlin of Tripp; Jody and wife, Jennifer of Springfield; Jackson and wife, Pamela of Valdese, NC; and Lisa Genant of Springfield; 15 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Gordon Brink and wife, Eleanor of Orange City, IA; brother-in-law, Lawrence Bloemendaal of Alton, IA; and many relatives and friends.
George was preceded in death by his wife; son, George III; parents; sister, Frances Bloemendaal; and two step-brothers: Myron and Warren Brink.