George Gerald Mastny of Lakewood, Colorado died January 8, 2021. He was 99 years, 10 1/2 months old.
George was born February 24, 1921 in Chesterton, Indiana. He was the sixth child of seven, born to Jarold and Mary (Tajbl) Mastny.
His parents were not able to support their seven children and had to surrender them to the Owatonna State School for Dependent Children in Owatonna, Minnesota in 1925 when he was four years old. During the 1920's the children were sent out as indentured servants. George and his sister were sent to a farm in Northern Minnesota. At fifteen he was doing all the work the hired man had done and received no pay because he was indentured.
When he graduated from high school he was on his own. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps for one year then joined the Army Air Corps in November 1940. He was sent to Hickam Field which is south of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii where he was trained as an airplane mechanic.
On December 7, 1941 the Japanese attacked, they lost all their planes and a few men. In the Spring of 1942 George was shipped back to the US for more training and became an officer in charge of the maintenance of the planes in a P40 squadron. He received more training, and became a flight engineer on a B29. He was discharged from the service in November 1945 and had serviced five years in the Army Air Corps.
He enrolled at the University of Minnesota in 1946 in Architecture. George met his wife Pat at the University where they were both going to school on the GI bill. A year after they met they were married and both graduated in 1950.
George worked with other architects for six years and had his own business for thirty years before retiring in 1987. He volunteered with Young Life for fourteen years doing sight plans and designing buildings and spent a total of fifty years in Architecture. He was registered and worked in fifteen states. He also taught night classes in drafting at Dunwoody College of Technology for three years when he first opened his own office.
When he lived in Longmont, Colorado with his wife, he took training as a Stephens Minister and volunteered as a chaplain at the Longmont United Hospital for eight years.
George was preceded in death by his parents, six siblings, his wife and one daughter. George is survived by one daughter, two sons, one step-daughter, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
As an Army Air Corps Veteran, George's ashes will be inurned at Fort Logan National Cemetery next to his wife.
"My strength is in the Lord, to God be the glory, for He has been with me and blessed me all my life."
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