Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • George Franklin Scoggins, 91

  • George Franklin Scoggins, 91, died July 20, 2013 at Western Plains Medical Complex, Dodge City. George was born on September 3, 1921 in rural Gray County near Montezuma, Kansas to Jesse Thomas Scoggins and Florence May (Stillwell) Scoggins. He grew up in Gray and Meade Counties. He had vivid memories of growing up in the G...
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  • George Franklin Scoggins, 91, died July 20, 2013 at Western Plains Medical Complex, Dodge City.  George was born on September 3, 1921 in rural Gray County near Montezuma, Kansas to Jesse Thomas Scoggins and Florence May (Stillwell) Scoggins.  He grew up in Gray and Meade Counties.  He had vivid memories of growing up in the Great Depression and the black days of the “dirty thirties”.  As a teenager, he took a job with the National Youth Administration to help his family financially.  He was involved in mining rock and helped to build the rock fence around the Montezuma park.
    George met and married Mary Irene Faulds in November 1941.  He worked for the L.A. Nelson Implement Company in Ensign. Just three weeks later, Pearl Harbor was bombed and the nation implemented a massive draft.  George answered the call of his nation and entered the Army a short time later. Their first child, a daughter, was born during his time in the military. Mary and their daughter joined him whenever his assignment made that possible.
    In February 1946, he was honorably discharged and came back to the Dodge City area to join his wife and to farm for his brother-in-law, James Faulds.  Their second child, a son, was born in 1947.  Just weeks later, Mary and George moved to Towner, Colorado with a 6 week old son and a 4 year old daughter to live in a small sod house and to “break sod” for the Bragg family.  Eighteen months later, they returned to the Dodge City area where they farmed south of Dodge City until the mid 1980’s when they retired.  At that time, they moved to their home on 3rd Avenue until declining health necessitated a move to Trinity Manor in 2007. George was known for being an extremely hard worker and a creative innovator.  He never turned his back on a challenge.   He was a farmer, rancher, welder, truck driver, plumber, electrician, and in fact, was willing to learn anything he needed in order to get a job done.  He also worked as an engineer at Channel 6 in the early days of television in Southwest Kansas.  He taught his children by word and example that “you can do whatever you set your mind to.”
    The community was also important to George and Mary.  He was active in the Methodist Church, with George serving more than one term on what was, at that time, The Official Board.  He served on the Richland Valley Board of Education for two terms.  He joined the St. Bernard Masonic Lodge in 1953 and, with Mary, entered Eastern Star, Chapter #97 in 1957.  In 1960 he served as both “Master” of the Lodge and “Worthy Patron” of Eastern Star.  Continuing in service to his community, he was elected to the Co-Op Board, serving as Secretary-Treasurer for 8 years and 6 as President.
    Page 2 of 2 - George had a life long dream of flying and in 1966, he began flying lessons and obtained his Private Pilot’s License in minimal time.  He continued in his “off farming” time to obtain his Commercial Pilot’s License.  He and Mary enjoyed many hours in the air flying to see their children and grandchildren
    George loved to dance, and he & Mary took dancing lessons after 40 years of marriage.  Because the Moose Lodge had the “best dance floor in town,” they joined the Lodge in 1981.  George served as Governor of the Lodge, as well as being a member of the ritual team.
    In the final years of life, George and Mary were gathered into a “new” family as the staff at Trinity Manor cared for them.  The staff provided wonderful care and George developed relationships that became very meaningful.
    George is survived by a daughter, Georgia (Scoggins) Burke and husband Richard of Dodge City and Reno, Nevada; a son, Frank Scoggins and wife Diane Cecchettini of Gig Harbor, Washington; four grandchildren, Stan Scoggins and companion Nelson Sanchez of Los Angeles, California, Sherrie Crouch Hald of Reno, Nevada, Stephanie Crouch of Elko, Nevada and Steve Scroggins and wife Sharon of Bellingham, Washington; seven great grandchildren, Rachel and Matthew Hald of Reno, Nevada, Hannah, Andrew, and Sarah Blach of Elko, Nevada and Abigail and Eleanor Scoggins of Bellingham, Washington; a brother, Delbert Scoggins and wife Barbara; and two sisters, Edna Rubin and husband Max and Virginia Herrman and husband Gerald. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Mary, on Januuary 18, 2011; two brothers, Walter and Jesse Scoggins; and sister, Goldie Frink.
    Funeral service will be held at the First United Methodist Church on Friday, July 26, 2013 at 2:00 PM with Rev. Lance Carrithers presiding.  Burial will follow at Greencrest Cemetery with Military Rites by Howard Gotschall Post #1714, V.F.W. and KSARNG Military Honors.  Visitation will be at Swaim Funeral Home on Thursday, July 25, 2013 from noon to 8:00 PM.  Memorials are suggested to St. Bernard Lodge #222 in care of the funeral home.  Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at www.swaimfuneralhome.com.