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George K. Pinney

George K. Pinney, 66, of Sturgeon Bay, was peacefully freed to Heaven Friday night, September 28, 2012, at Ministry Door County Medical Center with family at his side.

He was born in Sturgeon Bay on May 31, 1946, the son of Thomas Sr. and Joyce (Otis) Pinney. George graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1964 and went on to study horticulture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. George enjoyed his time in Madison and played the bass drum in the marching band. He was a proud Badger through and through, but also had a soft spot for the Green Bay Packers.

On September 8, 1973, George married Julie Larsen at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay. Early on, George co-owned Evergreen Nursery, a family business established in 1864. For the past 18 years, he was the Director of the Door County Parks Department. All the county parks were special places for George and his family. The Door County Board of Supervisors recently honored George in April by renaming Old Stone Quarry County Park as George K. Pinney County Park.

George cared intensely about the land around us and did all he could to preserve it for future generations. He served on the grounds committee at the Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church, volunteered at Crossroads at Big Creek and vigorously supported the Friends of the Door County Parks group. George was also a hobby farmer who enjoyed working on his garden, raising llamas, and maintaining a pristine yard. He really was an artist when it came to landscaping. The land was his canvas; the trees were his paint. Perhaps his greatest work, though, was the impact he “painted” on the people’s lives that had the opportunity to know him.

George will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 39 years, Julie; three sons, Tanner (Claire) Pinney (and their son, Silas) of Holland, MI, Ben (Amy) Pinney (and their son, Brooks) of Juneau, AK, Burke “B.J.” Pinney (friend, Rebecca Ressl) of Madison, WI; sister, Pat (Gene) Remy of Sturgeon Bay, WI; brother, Thomas Jr. of Sturgeon Bay, WI; sisters-in-law, Greer Moore of Green Bay, WI, and Lori (Brian) Holtz of Sturgeon Bay, WI; and many other nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Joyce “Pooky” Peotter.

A memorial service honoring and celebrating his life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 6, 2012, at Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church with the Rev. Dr. Matthew R. Knapp officiating. Friends and family may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Bayside Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in George’s name to the Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church and Friends of the Door County Parks. The family would like to thank all the medical staff at Green Bay Oncology, all the staff of the Med/Surg, ER and outpatient medical unit at MDCMC and numerous friends and relatives for their steadfast support during this time.

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