George Tuma, 81

George Joseph Tuma, 81, of Montgomery City, MO, formerly of New Florence, MO and New Prague, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2007, at the Audrain Medical Center in Mexico, MO.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Schlanker Funeral Home in Montgomery City, MO.

Interment will be at the Hugo Cemetery, New Florence, MO, with military honors. Casketbearers were grandsons Jon Walker, Tyler Walker, Randy Sachs, Derek Middleton, Andrew Tuma and Toby Duncan. Honorary casketbearers were J.J. Duncan and Cody Tuma.

Visitation was held Wednesday at the funeral home.

He was born March 20, 1926, in New Prague, a son of Frank Joseph and Rose (Shima) Tuma. He attended public school in New Prague before enlisting in the U.S. Army. During World War II, George saw action in the European Theatre and was in a tank battalion under General George Patton. After his discharge, he returned to Minnesota where he took up masonry work. He married Doris Jean Worley on November 25, 1950, in Mexico, MO. They lived in New Prague and eight years later moved to New Florence, MO and then to Montgomery City. In recent years George received a diploma from New Prague High School, because he left school before graduating to join the service.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years; children Peggy (Dennis) Walker, Green City, MO, Melvin Tuma (friend Bonnie), Columbia, MO, Pamela Jean Middleton, Mexico, MO, Gene (Lisa) Tuma, Wellsville, MO, Polly (Lloyd) Sachs, High Hill, MO and Ryan (Amanda) Tuma, Paris, MO; grandchildren Jonathon Walker, Kirksville, MO, Chrissy Tuma, Portland, OR, Shelly Duncan, Ashland, MO, Tyler Walker, Kirksville, MO, Derek Middleton, Mexico, MO, Kyle Middleton, Mexico, MO, Mindy, Randy, Gina and Cara Sachs, High Hill, MO and Andrew and Malorie Tuma, Wellsville, MO; great-grandchildren Toby, J.J. and Tamatha Duncan, Ashland, MO, Cody Tuma, Mexico, MO, Abbie Tuma, Paris, MO, Jaxsen and Lillie Tuma, Portland, OR and Gracie Anders Walker, Kirksville, MO; sister-in-law Bessie Zelenka; and nieces and nephews in Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Frank, Francis and Rudy; sister and brother-in-law Helen and Andy Bruzek, New Prague; and longtime friends Frank and Belle Broz, Bellflower, MO.

Memorials suggested to the Albert McCune Fund (short term home care) or to the Veteran's Home, c/o Schlanker Funeral Home, 207 Danville Road, Montgomery City, MO 63361.

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