George Thomas Sattler, the son of Sylvester and Kathrine (Thomas) Sattler, was born Nov. 25, 1925, in Devils Lake. He died at the age of 92 years on Feb. 5, 2018, at his home in Southview Estates Assisted Care in Rugby.
George was reared in the rural Knox, home of his parents, and received his education in the Knox School through the eighth grade. Following school, he worked on the family farm and for area farmers until he was inducted into the U.S. Army on Dec. 14, 1944. George served in the Army Medical Corps in Texas, Missouri, and the Philippine Islands until his honorable discharge Dec. 1, 1946. After service, he returned to Knox and worked in the Wurgler Garage. On June 7, 1948, he was united in marriage to Patricia Ruth Nesvig at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Knox. The couple lived in Knox for a while then moved to Rugby, where George worked at McGuire’s Auto and did farming for Andy Johnson in the Willow City area. After several years farming with and for Andy, George and Patricia rented the farm operation from Andy, later purchasing it. The couple raised their eight children on that farm. In 1982, George and Patricia retired to Rugby from the everyday farm operation, turning it over to their son, Randy. Although he moved off the farm, it did not stop him from helping Randy until he was 86 years of age. Still, you could find him last year in the cab of the combine. Patricia died Jan. 20, 2016.
George was a member of Little Flower Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, Rugby Eagles, the Clarence Larson American Legion, Rugby, and the Minot Moose Lodge. Highlighted pastimes were dancing, playing golf, and the love of the farm.
Survivors include his children, Georgene (Ike) Willer, Robbie (Susan) Sattler, and Renae (Dan) Holt, all of Bismarck, Rodney on the farm, and Ryan (Sonja) Sattler, all of Willow City; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Simon, Rugby, and Gabe (Nina), Bottineau; one sister, Rose Marie (Floyd) Randal, Billings, Mont.; several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years; children, Cynthia Sattler Fagan, Rick, and Randy; granddaughter, Kaitlin Sattler; sister, Kathrine Massine; brothers, Sylvester, Andrew, Wendelin, Paul, and Adam Sattler; and his parents.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby, with spring burial in the church cemetery. Fr. Tom Graner, celebrant.
Visitation will be held Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. with a rosary and vigil prayer service and starting at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue Monday from 9 to 10:30 a.m., all in the Anderson Funeral Home, Rugby. There will be no reviewal in the church.
Military Honors accorded by the Clarence Larson American Legion Honor and Color Guard and the North Dakota Military Honors Detail.
Organist: Glenda Mack
Vocal leader/cantor: Robert Graber.
Casket bearers: grandsons, Chad and Shane Bergeron, Bradley, Joshua, Jeffrey, Gregory, David, Thomas, Keenan Sattler, and Cole Anderson.