George I. Kidwiler, Jr., cherished father, left this world to be with the love of his life on Wednesday, September 25, 2019.
He passed away peacefully at the University of Virginia Medical Center with family by his side and prayers for a peaceful transition from family back home.
Raised in Bakerton, WV, George was the oldest child of George I. and Lucille Kidwiler. His stories of growing up in Bakerton were rich with life, love and humor.
In his youth, George was an All-star Little Leaguer who grew up with a love for sports. He graduated from Harpers Ferry High School in 1961, lettering in football, baseball and track.
In 1962, George enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he served for 28 years, 7 months and 8 days. He also served two tours in Vietnam: 1966-1967 and 1971-1972.
In 1972, George was trained to be in the weapons loading field and assigned a position as a Load Crew Chief. In 1976, he was handpicked to be a member of a weapons evaluation team located at Edwards AFB, California, where he was in charge of the gun shop evaluating the F-16 Aircraft’s weapons system.
George continued to work with the F-16 Aircraft at Hill AFB, Utah in the 388th Tactical Wing.
His extensive knowledge and experience with F-16s allowed him to spend time all over the world, eventually giving him the chance to be production superintendent of maintenance of all aircraft. In 1987 he was selected to be the Pro-Super of the prestigious Gunsmoke team who competed against numerous foreign Air Forces. The 388th Tactical Fighter Wing was declared World Champions that year.
George’s thrilling military career ended in 1990, when he retired as Chief Master Sergeant.
After military life and a few years of blissful retirement, George went back to school and graduated from Shepherd University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science. He went on to get his Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland in 2001.
From 2005 to 2016, George volunteered as a psychotherapist and consultant for the Eastern Panhandle Free Clinic. He also served as a board member and the president of the board for the clinic.
George also authored three books.
Love and respected by all, George was active in the Harpers Ferry/Bolivar District Veterans, until his death.
George follows his wife, Rhetha “Ann”, who passed away last year on November 23, 2018.
George is survived by his son John and wife Cara and their children, Casi, Keegan and Kaden; his daughter Lesa and husband Jason and their children, Hayley and Danica; step-daughter Angelina and husband Kenny and their children, Kenny, Jr., Timmy, and Corey (deceased) and grandchildren; step-daughter, Patricia and husband Jeff and their children, Brandon and LeeAnn and granddaughter, step-son Brian and wife, Kathy and daughter Angelina.
George also leaves behind his sister, Patricia Snyder, brother-in-law, Wayne Snyder, brother, Monte Sr., sister-in-law, Donna and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, 256 Halltown Road, Harpers Ferry, WV with Pastor Van Marsceau officiating. Interment will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens, with military honors.
The family received friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.
Condolences may be expressed at www.eackles-spencerfuneralhome.com