George Woolsey

George Albert Woolsey

Machinery Repairman 1st Class

Hastings, Nebraska

George Albert Woolsey went to heaven on Feb. 12, 2015, at Good Samarian Village - Grand Island Campus.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home in Hastings Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, 10:30 a.m., with Pastor Rod Armon officiating. Burial with military rights was Feb. 19, at the Inland Cemetery. Visitation was-Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015; 4–7 p.m., at the funeral home with family present and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Thursday. The family asks that you wear RED to honor George. Memorials are suggested to The Clay County Museum, the Inland Nebraska Community Foundation, “Eddie” the Comfort Dog, from Peace Lutheran Church in Grand Island or to Good Samaritan Village – Grand Island Campus.

Private condolences may be sent to Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home and Cremation Center who is serving the family.

George Albert Woolsey was born Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1931, at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Oklahoma City, OK, to Bert W. Woolsey and Bernice (Kerr) Woolsey. At a young age, his family moved to Mead, NE.

Upon high school graduation from Wahoo High School in May of 1949, George enrolled at Colorado State University to study agriculture. He enlisted in the United States Navy on Dec. 28, 1950. He served on the USS Skagit Naval Ship as a “Machinery Repairman, First Class” during the Korean War until his honorary discharge on Sept. 1, 1954.

On Nov. 24, 1954, he married Mary Ann Murphy at First Methodist Church in Fremont, NE. In January 1955, he enrolled in the University of Nebraska school of Agriculture in Lincoln. While at the university, he managed the University Dairy Herd, which was housed on East Campus at the time.

Upon graduation from the university in 1958, with a degree in Agriculture, George was an Assistant Extension Agent in York County for six months before he became the County Extension Agent in Clay County, NE. He had received his Master’s Degree in Agriculture from the university in 1969. George and Mary Ann began Geo-Ann-Dairy in 1958 upon moving to Inland, NE. The Registered Brown Swiss Herd won numerous production and breed awards over the years. They milked until 1992 and remained at Inland until moving to Grand Island in February of 2010.

George’s job included working on many boards, all with the connection to agriculture. Over the years, he worked with: The Clay County Feeders Association, The Corn Growers Association, and The Pest Management Board. He was instrumental in helping to bring the Meat Animal Research Center to Clay County. During his years as the Clay County Extension Agent, he began the first “Ag Hot Line” in Nebraska… creating a telephone recording that was used to get information to the farmers about current crop conditions or diseases and animal health information. Clay County was the first County in Nebraska to start the Ground Water Testing Program. Under George’s guidance, ground water plugs with meters were buried in crop fields of volunteer farmers, giving them valuable information on when and how much to irrigate. This became a valuable planning tool for farmers, and a tool in the studies of understanding about Nebraska’s ground water.

George was a founding member of the Clay County Museum and the Old Trusty—Antique Tractor and Collectors Show, held in Clay Center every year in September since 1982. He was a delegate for Mid-America Dairymen for many years and served as the Nebraska State Dairy Associations Executive Secretary for over 20 years. He so loved serving as Superintendent at the Nebraska State Fair for both the State 4-H Dairy Shows and Swine shows. He enjoyed working alongside his mentor, Phil Cole, during the State Fair 4-H and Ak-Sar-Ben Dairy shows every year.

George retired in 1986, as The Clay County Extension Agent, but continued to judge at County fairs throughout the state. He loved working with and mentoring 4-H kids and watching them compete at the county and state fair levels. All his life, he enjoyed wood working and creating beautiful projects. He has been a season ticket holder of Husker football tickets since 1958 and loved going to the games. He loved collecting tractors, large and small, especially International tractors. He was known for his extensive dairy collection of antique bottles, churns and anything dairy.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents and two sisters. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Ann; a daughter and son-in-law, Julie (Randy) Meier of Grand Island; a son and daughter-in-law, George II (Monique) Woolsey of Grand Junction, CO; six grandson’s, Joshua (Kelsey) Meier of Doniphan; Jordan Meier of Grand Island; George III (Morgan) Woolsey of Lindon, UT; Gerad Woolsey of Denver, CO; Griffin Woolsey and Giles Woolsey both of Grand Junction CO; three great-grand-children, Alexis Meier Glaze of Grand Island, and George IV and Evelyn Woolsey of Lindon, UT; one sister, Jean Isaacson of Long Beach, CA; brother-in-law, Dr. Max Edmondson of Cassville, MO; great friend, Darrel Wehnes of Inland, NE; his dog “Holly;” and thousands of his past 4-H’ers.