On Monday, June 8, 2020, George Myfelt, 94, of Corning, New York, an avid mountain climber and outdoor enthusiast, slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God.
George was born in Elmira, New York, on September 17, 1925, to Charles and Gladys (Friends) Myfelt. He was raised on a farm during the Great Depression and loved plowing fields with a team of horses with his father, hunting for squirrels on his walk to school, and harvesting his own potato crop to save for a bicycle he rode with reckless abandon down a long, steep hill by his house. George never said much about the walk back up the hill, but that ride down, well now, that just felt like flying, and if there was one thing George wanted to do, it was fly.
From his very first day of school, George was an excellent student, so exceptional, in fact, that his parents left the farm and moved into town so that he could attend a good high school. George enlisted in the United States Army Air Corp in January of 1944 to become a fighter pilot. The Army, however, had other plans for his prodigious math skills and sent him for intensive operations training before shipping him out to Calcutta.
During his service in India, Burma, and China, George planned missions for the renowned Burma Bridge Busters bomber group. He also flew over 100 B-25 bombing missions as a strategist, crashed twice flying over the Burma Hump, and was on the first plane into Japanese-occupied Shanghai in the fall of 1945 to set up and run the communications center that coordinated Japan’s surrender of China.
George returned to Mansfield in 1946, a man on a mission. He completed college in two and a half years at Mansfield State College before obtaining his master’s degree at Penn State University while working full time and taking care of his parents. It was an approach he would never abandon, milking every ounce of life out of every hour of the day.
After completing his education, George taught high school math and science, first in Troupsburg, New York, then at Corning Free Academy, and finally at Corning-Painted Post East High School where he taught biology, chaired the Science Department, administered the Driver’s Education and Summer School programs, and was universally loved, until his retirement in 1987. George wasn’t finished working when he retired from teaching. He continued until his 90th birthday, as a pit marshall at Watkins Glen International; as a county election official; and as a US Census taker, to name just a few of his jobs.
Work wasn’t George’s only passion. On March 28, 1959, George married Evelyn Irene Royce and together they had two children, Lynn and Dwight. He devoted himself completely to his family. George also served in his church, ran a Christmas tree farm, read voraciously, curated a multi-volume family genealogy, took wild-life photographs, traveled all over the United States, and assembled an impressive library of historical books. In addition to all of those, George loved the mountains, and the Adirondack Mountains most of all. George loved to climb, going so far as to solo summit his final Adirondack Peak on his 90th birthday. Without a doubt, standing on a mountain top is just about as close to flying as one can get.
George was basking in the late afternoon sun on Monday, sitting in his swing beneath his beloved apple tree, having just finished working in his strawberry patch, his wife and daughter by his side when he was escorted by his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, into the loving arms of his Heavenly Father.
George is survived by his wife, Evelyn; daughter, Lynn (Gary Ford) Myfelt of Corning; son, Dwight (Michelle) Myfelt of Erlanger, KY; grandchildren: Nichole Price, Lauren Myfelt, and Jackson Myfelt, all of Erlanger, KY; sister-in-law, Peggy Royce of MD and sister-in-law, Sylvia (Bill) Horsewood of NC; several cousins, nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Russell Woglom for his magnificent care of George in the final years of his life.
Due to the current health crisis, services will be privately held at this time.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mosherville Baptist Bible Church, 9914 Coryland Rd., Gillett, PA 16925.