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George Kevin Cerny, 70, of Lee’s Summit, MO, adoring husband, father of two daughters, and grandfather of two granddaughters, passed away January 7, 2021 at home from Parkinson’s Disease.
George was born June 11, 1950 in St. Louis, MO to Charles Joseph Cerny and Audrey (Moreland) Cerny. George attended CBC High School in St. Louis. He received a scholarship to play soccer at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, where he graduated in 1972 with an Accounting Degree. He had the fortune of meeting the love of his life at college, Susan Mashburn, whom he married on April 28, 1973. They raised two daughters, Erin and Holly, and a beloved dog named Chloe (affectionately known as Chach).
George worked as an Accountant his entire career, most significantly at Marion Laboratories and Sprint, the latter from which he retired in 2012. George left an indelible impact on those who knew him, and most in his life can recall a story or two rife with irreverent humor and endearing fondness for his compassionate nature. His friends and family adored his infectious personality. He loved golf, nature, painting and the Kansas City Chiefs. He was a hard-working man who was always willing to help someone else, such as refinishing a basement for an elderly friend and volunteering to help adults learn to read. He drove 1500 miles just six years ago to build a swing set by hand for his granddaughters. Memories of George will persist for years to come. The stories he helped create and his unique lens on the world will not be easily forgotten.
George was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Audrey Cerny. He is survived by his wife, Sue, his two daughters, Erin Cerny of Mission, KS, Holly Cerny ( and spouse Michael Hendery), as well as the two loves of his life, granddaughters Amelie and Ruby Hendery of Dover, NH. He is also survived by his three siblings, Jack Cerny of Slidell, LA, Mary Jo Ewing of Blythe, CA and Roger Cerny of Godfrey, IL.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donation to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research or Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care in Independence, MO.
Sharon & Steve Mohler says
Sue—I know we haven’t seen you for quite sometime, but we have been praying for George and getting updates from Twenters and Morgans. We are sorry for the suffering that George had. He was sure blessed to have you by his side! No one can hear his name and not laugh, smile, shake their head and remember what a fun man he was.
We know Jesus will wrap you both up in his arms!
Robert and Dottie Purcell says
Sue, Dottie and I wish to express our condolences for George’s passing, at far too young an age. Over a period of 50 years of knowing you and George so well, I have seldom known a more vibrant and entertaining personality than George. In the last few years, we enjoyed so much our happy hour dinners out with the two of you, and I enjoyed just as much the golf outings with George at the Unity course, and wish there could have been many more. Among the many jokes he and I shared, I often reminded him, even as his health began to weaken, that he had taught me it was a good rule of thumb to never play golf against anyone who went to school on an athletic scholarship. Most especially George, as his athleticism, competitiveness, good humor and spirit were never really lost. We shall not look upon his like again.
With love and deepest sympathy,
Bob & Dottie Purcell
Mary Ann Rastorfer says
I have been praying for you and your George daily. I miss seeing you both at St. Matt’s. I’m sure George is seated at the heavenly banquet table or maybe out on a heavenly golf course. Wishing you peace. God bless.
Maureen Pete Williams says
I am so sorry for you, Holly, Erin, Amelie and Ruby. George has died too young, and the road he has been on the past years took away fun times and activities from him, too. While he was dealing with PD, you have shown him great love and devotion. Being a caregiver is a challenging task, but you have born it with grace. No regrets! Remember all the good times!
Joe and Julie Rose says
No words can adequately express our condolences. I loved his wry, self-effacing sense of humor which made others around him vulnerable enough to laugh at our own shortcomings and revel in our strengths. You cannot lead people to the highest level of motivation by teaching them the lowest. God always and forever models the highest, and our task is merely to “imitate God.” George did this with the utmost love and care for his family and friends. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
Bev Putthoff says
Sue, you have my sincere condolences. I am so sad George will no longer offer fist bumps or that ornery smile in this life and I envy those in heaven who are now enjoying his presence. I’ve really missed seeing him and you at Saturday Mass and am praying for you, Erin, Holly and your family as you navigate this terrible loss in your lives. Sent with love.
Sue White says
Sue – While I haven’t seen the two of you for quite awhile, you and George come to mind every so often. I’m sorry you both had to go through this struggle, but I know your role as his partner through it was significant. Now that he’s left his earthly life, make sure you care for yourself.
Jeanean Mitchell says
My deepest sympathies and love for you and your family. You know I cherished George!