Age 90, of Mason, MI, died October 24, 2014. He was born in Lansing on April 1, 1924, the son of Floyd and Josephine (Hart) Fogle. In 1929, George moved with his family to a dairy and maple syrup farm in Mason where he spent the next 85 years nurturing the land and his business. He married Helen Bird on December 1, 1945 and brought her to the farm, where they lived together for 60 years and raised six children. In 1976, George purchased Sugar Bush Supplies Co., a maple syrup equipment and supplies distributorship. The farm and business continue to thrive today under the care of George’s offspring, thanks to his lifelong examples of integrity, hard work, thrift and land stewardship. George was active in many farm and maple syrup organizations, as well as the United Methodist Church.
George was preceded in death by his wife Helen, daughter Joyce Fogle, and sister Jean Fogle Leonard. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Betty Everett Fogle, whom he married in 2008. He is also survived by his children Barbara (Douglas) Mercer, Carol (Ronald) Grant, Don (Judy), Richard (Debra), Mary (Greg) Douglass, son-in-law Rod Harwood, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Betty’s six children and their families, brother-in-law Robert Leonard, sister-in-law Asenath Blood and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Ensberg and the wonderful staff of Ingham Medical Care Facility for the competent, compassionate care provided to George during the last weeks of his life.
A celebration of George’s life will be held on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at University United Methodist Church in East Lansing, with the Rev. Jennifer Browne officiating. Visitation Saturday November 8th, 6-8 p.m. at Alaiedon Township Hall (2021 W. Holt Rd., Mason) and Sunday November 9th, 1-3 p.m. at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ingham Medical Care Facility (3860 Dobie Road, Okemos, MI 48864) or a charity of your choice. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel.