George Edward Kahla, age 77, passed away peacefully in his home after losing his war with primary liver cancer on July 31, 2010 in High Island, Texas.
A celebration of his life will be held at the First Baptist Church of High Island on August 7, 2010 at 10 am.
George was born to Laura and Vernon Kahla on March 24, 1933. George was an enterprising man of many skills. As a young teenager, he employed many men in a lawn mowing business. In his later years, he operated a bar on the beach, watermelon stand, gas station, appliance store, earth moving business, electrical shop, a resale shop, a vegetable and fruit stand, and a petting zoo. He worked as a rough neck, pipe fitter, real estate agent, master electrician, political activist, and righter of wrongs.
George was also a fighter of principle. When he saw something was unfair, he had a need to try to make it right. He raised money for the first ambulance on the Bolivar Peninsula by selling tickets to see a trained sea lion in his front yard in High Island. He fought to replace the train swing bridge for a raised bridge to cross the Intercoastal Waterway at High Island. He was currently an active member in the Gilchrist Community Association, the First Baptist Church of High Island, and a Master Mason of the Winnie Stowell Lodge #1577.
George is preceded in death by his mother Laura Kahla, step-mother Opal Kahla, father-in-law Aldan Howe, older brother Earl Kahla, and father Vernon Kahla. His most recent loss was his wife, Gwyn Howe Kahla, of 55 years.
He is survived by his children, Aldan and Terrie Kahla, Ginger and Vernon Morris, and Lynette and Buddy Davenport; by his brothers and sisters, Claud and Joy Kahla, Trudy Kahla, and Kyle and Anne Kahla; by his grandchildren, Ashley and Shane Cantrell, Kody Kahla, Brandon Morris, Nathan Morris, Korie and Andy Creel, Jared Davenport and Kali Davenport and by his great grand children, Kolten Wayne Cantrell and Kahla Elizabeth Cantrell and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, after all, he is a Kahla.
The family wishes to extend our sincere appreciation and gratitude for the wonderful caring people with UTMB in Galveston and Odyssey Hospice Care of Beaumont.
In lieu of flowers, George requested donations be made to the Shriners Burns Hospital for Children in Galveston, Texas.