The Rev. George M. Nesbitt Jr., 82, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, while surrounded by his loving family.
George was born on July 14, 1931, in Johnstown. He graduated from Johnstown High School, Susquehanna University and Gettysburg Theological Seminary. He was an eagle scout. He served his country in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in the Aleutian Islands during the Korean War.
George served as a Lutheran minister for seven years. He then was employed by the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation in Williamsport, as a counselor for 16 years. George returned to ministry through the United Methodist Church in 1985 and served congregations in Shickshinny, Towanda and Catawissa. Most recently, George attended the Elysburg United Methodist Church and served as a Sunday School teacher. As a young boy, George worked with his father building houses and following his retirement, he utilized his carpentry skills on 14 mission trips with his wife doing flood recovery work along the East Coast.
Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Nancy J. (Henderson) Nesbitt; three daughters, Linda A. Lengle, of Reading, Susan L. Plocinski, and husband, Chris, of New Cumberland, and Beth Churchill, of Williamsport; seven grandchildren, Meggie, Ben, Katie, Sarah, Ashley, Morgan and Alex; and five great-grandchildren, Jackson, Mia, Emerson, Megan and Luke. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Louise Goodwillie, of Bradenton, Fla., as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his grandson, Private 2nd Class Adam C. Plocinski.
George enjoyed carpentry, fishing, singing and reading. He was a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Pittsburgh Pirates. George enjoyed spending time with his family at a cottage in Massachusetts that he helped build and enjoyed swimming in the ocean as well. He often enjoyed Pinochle games with family and friends.
Following his brain surgery in October 2013, his family was blessed with seven months of happy memories including trips to the Olive Garden, a Thanksgiving visit from his sister, daily walks in his neighborhood and enjoying his voracious appetite for Hershey kisses. While he will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him, we rejoice that George is now in the presence of his Savior, Jesus.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014, in the Elysburg United Methodist Church, Elysburg. The Rev. Michelle Beissel will be officiating. Interment at the convince of the family in Jacob's Cemetery, Paxionis. Rothermel Funeral Home of Elysburg is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be sent to the American Cancer Society or the VNA Health System, 21 W. Independence St., Shamokin, PA 17872.