George T. Coble, Jr, 81

Coble-GeorgeGeorge T. Coble, Jr, 81, Gardner, KS, passed away October 29, 2015, at Olathe Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family. A private family memorial will take place later. The family suggests a donation to the Johnson County Library in George’s memory.

He was born and raised in Kennett, MO. His parents were Truman Coble and Margaret Lansdall Coble. He graduated from Kennett High School in 1952 and attended Westminster College in Fulton, MO, where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He received a B.A. degree and was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant upon graduation. He received B.S. and O.D. degrees from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN, where he was a member of Omega Delta professional fraternity. He received a MSPH degree from the University of Missouri.

On August 3, 1958, George married Sari Ann Gargas in Kennett. They recently celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary. He spent twelve years in military service in the United States Army as a member of the Medical Service Corps. He attained the rank of major; in 1976 he received the Meritorious Service Medal.

Upon completion of his last assignment, at Fort Leavenworth, KS, he joined an optometry practice in Kansas City, KS. Dr. George T. Coble & Associates served the KCK community from 1984-2000. After retiring in 2000, George employed his woodworking skills as a craftsman with Vaughncraft Instruments, Baldwin City, KS.

Throughout his life, he was dedicated to community service. While living in Baldwin, George served as secretary of the Baldwin City Lions Club and as treasurer of the Maple Leaf Festival Committee. Lions Club was a special interest for him; he was a member for 22 years, serving as president and treasurer of the Wyandotte Lions Club in Kansas City, KS. During his twenty years in KCK, George also served as president of Business West, was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, and Grinter Place Friends. He was a member of the American Optometric Society and a lifetime member of the Kansas Optometric Association.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Carrie Ann Coble Hall. He is survived by his wife, Sari, daughters Emily Smith and Nancy Rinehart, their spouses, Steven Smith and Ty Rinehart, and grandchildren Greg Smith, Aubrey Rinehart, and Rhett Rinehart.

With George, we celebrate a wonderful life well lived. He was a true Southern gentleman, who took a genuine personal interest in his patients during his military service and in private practice. He was devoted to his family and was always proud of their accomplishments. He will remain in our hearts forever.

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Arrangements: Cremation Center of Kansas City; 913-384-5566