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520 S. Main St., PO Box 363
Platte, SD 57369
Phone: 605-337-3857
Fax: 605-337-2374
George Fish

George Washburn Fish

Wednesday, June 30th, 1943 - Sunday, December 6th, 2020
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Obituary

George Washburn Fish, 77, of Platte, SD passed away Sunday, December 6, 2020 at Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center in Sioux Falls, SD. A Public Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Thursday, December 10, 2020 at Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church in Platte. A Private Family Funeral Service will be held at the church at 10:00 A.M. Friday, December 11, 2020. A Private Family Committal Service will follow at Platte City Cemetery. The Funeral will be live-streamed on “Bethel Church of Platte, SD” and “Mount Funeral Homes” Facebook pages, also under “Photos and Videos” in George’s record on the funeral home website.

George Washburn Fish was born on June 30, 1943 to George W. Fish, Sr. and Theresa V. (Cleveland) Fish in Platte, SD. He graduated from Platte High School in 1961 and went on to earn an Associate’s Degree in Ag from South Dakota State University in 1963. George was a lifelong farmer, but also a skilled welder. He was employed by Topps Manufacturing for 18 years building Retrievers.

On January 5, 1973 George was united in marriage to Karen Jean Beukelman in Leota, MN.

Active in his church and community, George was a member of Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church, Gideons, Farm Bureau, and served his state as a member of the South Dakota Army National Guard. He joined with Duane Strand in making wooden toy cars for children. He enjoyed flying, received his private pilot license and participated in Flying Farmers. George liked the challenge of completing Sudoku puzzles and saw the world through a camera lens as he pursued his love of photography. George was a kind, gentle man of few words with an unwavering faith and love of family.

Grateful for having shared in George’s life: his wife of over 47 years, Karen Fish of Platte, SD; two daughters, a daughter-in-law and eight grandchildren: Theresa (Dave) Barnes of Yankton, SD - Caleb, Luke, Calli and Nathan; Colleen (Keith) Hurlbut of Carrington, ND - Alex, Isaac and Natalie; Steph Fish of Columbia Heights, MN - Kyla; a sister, Jeune (Richard) Nicolai of Watertown, SD; two brothers-in-law, Kenneth (Barb) Beukelman of Burnsville, MN and Keith (Roberta) Beukelman of Sioux Falls, SD; a sister-in-law, Kathy (Hal) Davenport of Sioux Falls, SD; along with many nieces and nephews.

George was preceded in death by: his son, Timothy Fish; his parents, George W. Fish, Sr. and Theresa Fish; infant grandsons, Jon and Jonah Barnes; his daughter, Nicole Westerhuis and her four children: Michael, Connor, Jaeci and Kailey Westerhuis.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in George’s honor may be directed to: Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church, 300 W. 7th St., Platte, SD 57369 or Gideons, PO Box 223, Platte, SD 57369.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, December 10th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Thursday, December 10th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church
    Address
    300 W 7th St.
    PLATTE, SD 57369
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    Notes
    Open to the Public.
  • Service

    Friday, December 11th, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Friday, December 11th, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church
    Address
    300 W 7th St.
    PLATTE, SD 57369
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    A Private Family Funeral Service will be held, the Funeral will be live-streamed on “Bethel Church of Platte, SD” and “Mount Funeral Homes” Facebook pages, also under “Photos and Videos” in George’s record on the funeral home website.
    Officiant
    Pastor Joel Davis
  • Interment

    Location
    Platte City Cemetery
    Address
    PLATTE, SD 57369
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    Notes
    A Private Family Committal Service will take place.
  • Reception

    Location
    Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church
    Address
    300 W 7th St.
    PLATTE, SD 57369
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Affiliations

  • The Church of the Lutheran Brethren
  • Farm Bureau
  • Gideon's International Camp
  • National Guard

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Judy Fish-Heckel

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On June 2nd, 2019, my husband, Helmar, and I celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary (actual date being June 7th), at a church in Eden Prairie, MN, a special friends and family celebration put on by our children, Heidi Jo, Tim, Titus, and Rebekah, along with their family members. It was to our WONDERFUL surprise and GREAT GIFT, that George and Karen and Jeune appeared to celebrate with us. It was such a beautiful time to have them with us and to visit and exchange hugs and express our love to one another. I am so thankful that my last memory of George was so recent, so real, and so sweet!!!! George will never be forgotten, and his love for his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, was obvious as he lived his life.
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