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George Aschauer

George Aschauer

George Aschauer, 98, of Bemidji, passed away on Friday, April 4, 2014 at his home in Tamarack Court, Bemidji, MN.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 11, 2014 at St. Philips Catholic Church in Bemidji with Fr. Adam Hamness officiating. Family will greet friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Bemidji.

George Reisch Aschauer was born December 27, 1915 in Springfield, IL to Henry and Eda (Reisch) Aschauer. He grew up in Springfield and was a graduate of Springfield High School. He attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN where he was a member of ROTC Field Artillery and Phi Gamma Delta. He graduated from Purdue in 1938 with a degree in mechanical engineering.

George began his engineering career with Allis Chalmers in Springfield, IL in 1938. The following year, during a visit to the family summer home in Onekama, MI, he met and fell in love with Lenore Nattermann. They were married on May 3, 1941 in Springfield, IL. Shortly after that, they moved to Racine, WI where George took a job with Twin Disc, Inc., a company known for innovations in transmission technologies. He was employed at Twin Disc for 42 years, advancing from engineering lab superintendent, to manager of engineering, to chief engineer. During his years in Racine, George served the community in a variety of ways, including as president of the Kiwanis Club, Twin Discs 20-Year Club, and the Holy Name Society for St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church. He was a lifetime member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

George loved the out-of-doors, and enjoyed golf, sailing, fishing trips to Canada, and relaxing with family at the lake cabin in northern Wisconsin. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife Lenore, the countries of Europe being among their favorite destinations. In 1994, George and Lenore moved to Bemidji, MN to be closer to family. It was at that time George started his own engineering consulting business, AE ("Aschauer Advanced Engineering").

Engineering was Georges enduring passion, and throughout his life he received 45 patents on his designs. His most recent patent was for a non-rotating clutch; it was granted to him at the age of 96. George will be remembered not only for his gifted mind, but for his gentle and generous spirit. He was devoted in life and love to God; to Lenore, his beloved wife of 72 years; and to his family and friends.

George is survived by daughters, Jane (David) Wilcox of Bemidji and Susan Ozdaglar of Northville, MI; five grandchildren (Michael, Christopher, Stephen, Kathryn, Matthew); six great-grandchildren (Ava, Christopher George, Crystal, Summer, Jack Brooks, Kennedy Jane); and one brother, Henry A. Aschauer of Gwinn, MI.

He was preceded in death by two sons (Stephen and John George); his wife, Lenore; one brother, (Joseph) and two sisters (Marian Buckholtz, Edith Aschauer).

Memorials are preferred to St. Philips Catholic Church, 620 Beltrami Ave., Bemidji, MN 56601.

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