Likert, George Philip of Lebanon, Illinois, passed away Thursday, November 30, 2017 at the age of 92. George was an avid outdoors-man with a lifelong love of the water. He enjoyed fishing, duck/goose hunting, boating and cruising with his beloved wife of 57 years, Betty Likert (Woll). After WWII ended, George and Betty spent the early years of marriage in Arizona, where he served in the U.S. Air Force as a radar mechanic. A graduate of St. Louis University , George spent 34 years with Burroughs/Unisys in St. Louis, Chicago and Detroit. After raising three loving children—Linda Merriman (Likert), Gary Likert and Greg Likert—George answered the water's call, moving with Betty to Leesburg, Florida in 1986. There, they enjoyed an active retirement full of good friends, Caribbean travel and dancing.
George will be remembered for the ability to see value in a rusty beer can, a keen eye for spotting geodes in a creek bed and a determination with a mining pan in the mountains of North Carolina. Traits he wore throughout life, like a worn-in fishing hat.
He is survived by his children: Linda and husband John Merriman, Gary and his wife Pam, and Greg and his wife Karen; grandchildren Cindy and Chris Merriman, Nathan Likert, Emily Likert and Rachel Condra (Likert); great grandchildren Ryan, Logan and Jared Merriman, and Emily and Leo Merriman. George was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, and brother Bob Likert.
The family is being served by Cremation Society of Missouri. There will be a private family service. Memorial contributions may be made to the veterans charity of your choice.