George Louis Regis

TEMPE, Ariz. – George Louis Regis, 81, of Tempe, Ariz., passed away on March 10, 2014.

George was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He was a kind, gentle, and generous man who inspired many throughout his life.

He was preceded in death by Rebecca May Regis (Bellaire), his beloved wife of 55 years.

He is survived by his sons, George M. (May) of Portland, Ore., Robert S. (Monica) of Marquette, and Anthony J. (Barbara) of Chandler, Ariz.; four grandchildren; one great-grandson; brother, David (Helen); sister, Janet (Russ); and sister, Louise.

George was the second of four children and was born and raised in Calumet. After high school, he proudly served our Country in the Korean War as Sergeant with the 5th Air Force. After earning an Honorable Discharge, he returned to Calumet and married the love of his life (Becky). While starting a family there, he enrolled in Soumi College to study accounting and bookkeeping. It was there that he was introduced to automated computing and became a pioneer in the computing industry.

He worked as a systems programmer/senior analyst throughout his career. George worked and lived in Embarrass, Minn., from 1958 through 1963 working for Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company in data processing; Cleveland, Ohio, from 1963 through 1968 at Pickands-Mather Company, in Ishpeming; from 1968 through 1981 at Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company; then briefly in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1981 and 1982, and after moving to Tempe, Ariz., he worked for MicroAge Computers and retired in 2002. George will be fondly remembered by his family, friends and coworkers as an easy-going, friendly man with a uncomparable sense of humor. He loved working on cars and projects at home, and could find ways to solve almost any problem or invent things to make life easier or to repair something broken. His devotion to service continued throughout his life as a tireless volunteer for numerous organizations. He especially loved playing clarinet for the Negaunee City Band for many years while living in Ishpeming, and for the Mesa City Band later in life. He was a volunteer for the JayCees in Berea, Ohio, the Tempe City Police Department, was an active member of the American Legion, the VFW, and the Korean War Veterans Association. Neighbors, no matter where he lived, could count on George to help with fixing things, and to help with their projects. He loved to spend time outdoors and had a passion for alpine skiing, which he did well into his 70s. He also loved to fish and hunt, and enjoyed automobile racing. George will be greatly missed by all those who have been blessed by knowing him.

Contributions can be made to the American Legion or the Korean War Veterans Association in lieu of flowers. Per George’s wishes, there will be no formal services; the family planned a private gathering to celebrate his life.