George Ehinger Jr., 91, passed away peacefully on April 21st in Wilton, CT.

Born February 26th, 1922 in Portland, Oregon, he was the son of the late George and Ruth Francis Ehinger, and a stepson of Aline Ehinger.

George found true love twice in his life. First with Marilyn Freeman Ehinger, (deceased, 1993), his wife of 40 years with whom he had three children. He then entered a devoted relationship with Beth Fuller, his companion of over 17 years, until her passing in October  2011.

He is survived by daughter Ruth Ehinger Milvaney and son-in-law Bill Milvaney of New York City, son George III and daughter-in-law Tamie of Saratoga Springs, NY, and son Richard of Baldwin City, KS. He is also survived by his brothers Robert, Paul, and Nelson, and grandchildren Will Milvaney and Eve Ehinger.

George grew up in Dover, Delaware, and graduated from Dover High School. He then attended Northfield/Mount Hermon School, graduating in 1941, and received a BS degree from Dartmouth College and the Thayer School of Engineering in 1945.

He was an engineer and vice president for Dorr-Oliver for 40 years. He joined Dorr-Oliver straight from college, and rose through the ranks from junior and senior sales positions to group vice president, responsible for sales exceeding $100 million and over 1,000 employees. Upon his retirement from Dorr-Oliver co-workers recognized him with the following passage:

He set high ethical standards.

He gave the company class.

He led imaginatively.

He challenged all to excel.

He respected individuality.

As managers go, he was truly unique.

After retiring from Dorr-Oliver he became owner/president of Winslow Manufacturing in Wallingford, CT for 20 years.

He had a strong and lasting impact on his community and his church. A member of Zion’s Hill United Methodist Church for 48 years, he was a leader, trustee and former finance chairman, involved in all aspects of the church. But his most visible role at Zion’s Hill was as organizer of the enormously popular “George’s Fish Pond” at the annual Strawberry Festival, where he made sure everyone was a winner. Three decades of Wednesday nights were dedicated to the Church Bowling league where he and other members of Zion’s Hill managed to knock down enough pins to take home an annual championship every now and again.

He was a giving and passionate believer in the Boy Scouts of America, being a scout for many years as a kid, a leader of Troop 14 in Wilton as a father, and later a recipient of the prestigious Silver Beaver award for his contributions to the Fairfield County Council. For those lucky enough to have been on a camping trip with him, the memory of pineapple upside down cake baked fireside in a Dutch oven will never be forgotten.

He enjoyed golf, and was a member of Silvermine Golf Club for many years. He was that rare golfer who measured his success on the golf course more by the quality of laughs he had with friends and the number of golf balls he had at the end of the round (more than when he started being best) than by the score on his card.

Of all the roles he played so superbly, grandfather may have been his best. He loved, adored, mentored, supported and cheered his grandson Will at every sporting event, recital, graduation or life event, always there beaming with pride.

He was a loving husband, father, son, brother, grandfather, father-in-law and friend, who was always there to talk to, laugh with, or help and guide. His passion for sports, the stock market, politics and current events always kept discussions lively, informative, humorous and meaningful.

A memorial service will take place on Friday, May 24th, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Zion’s Hill United Methodist Church, 470 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897. Donations can be made to Zion’s Hill Methodist Church in memory of George Ehinger.

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