George R. Esterly was born Feb. 19, 1931, in Carthage, Mo., to Dr. George B. and Louise Esterly and died on June 16 in Green Valley, Ariz. George was the oldest of four children. He is preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Mary Louise Smerdon and Virginia May Larson; wife Judy; and daughter Ellen. He is survived by his brother, William Esterly; daughter Jan Herzog, and her husband, Mitch Herzog; grandchildren Peter, Andrew and Sarah; and a beloved friend and soulmate, Helen Russo.
After high school, George received a BS from Southwest Missouri State University and a MS from Trinity University.
George served as a psychologist in the United States Air Force from 1952 to 1956. Following his time in the service, George worked as a high school guidance counselor. Following his retirement as a guidance counselor, he became a certified financial advisor.
George lived in Pagosa Springs for many years before moving to Green Valley. George had been active in community activities. He volunteered at the White Elephant and the Sahuarita/Green Valley Chamber of Commerce.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Green Valley.
May God bless the memory of George R Esterly.
Donations may be made in George Esterly’s memory to the Salvation Army and the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.