George P. Mittelbach, age 93 of Amana, died Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Colonial Manor of Amana. Funeral Services: 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, April 14, 2015, Middle Amana Community Church, Middle Amana, with Elder Elly Hoehnle officiating. Burial will be in the Amana Cemetery with military honors. Visitation: 4 – 7 P.M. Monday, April 13, 2015 at the Middle Amana Church. Memorials may be contributed to the Amana Church Society or Essence of Life Hospice. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.
George Philipp Mittelbach was born July 14, 1921 in West Amana, Iowa, son of Philipp and Clara (Leichsenring) Mittelbach. He received his education in the West Amana grade school and graduated from Marengo High School in 1939. He attended the University of Iowa from 1940-1942, before enlisting in the Navy as an aviation cadet. He attended Navy preflight school in Iowa City and graduated as a commissioned officer from the Naval Air Navigation School at Oklahoma in 1945. He served as an aviation navigation instructor until 1946, receiving an honorable discharge. While on leave from the Navy, he married Dorothy Marie Leichsenring on December 14, 1944 at the home of her parents, John and Magdalena Leichsenring in Amana.
After military service, George worked at Amana Refrigeration for several years before becoming a tool designer at Allis-Chalmers in Cedar Rapids, where he was employed for 10 years. In 1959, he went to work for P&H Harnischfeger Corporation in Cedar Rapids and retired as a manager of manufacturing in 1982 after 24 years with the company. George served on the board of directors of the Amana Society and was a life-long member of the Amana Church, teaching Sunday school for many years. He was also a member of the Amana Heritage Society and served as a museum guide after his retirement.
George enjoyed playing golf with his friends at the Marengo golf club, hunting with his son and two grandsons, and he especially enjoyed his early morning walks around Amana. He was an accomplished artist and produced many oil paintings of Amana scenes. Above all, he was devoted to his family and cherished the times he spent with them.
George is survived by his son, Gary Mittelbach and wife Katherine Gross of Richland, MI; grandsons John Mittelbach of Venice, CA, and Mark Mittelbach of Kalamazoo, MI. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Dorothy (Leichsenring) Mittelbach, and a sister Lucille Langlas.
The family wishes to extend special thanks to the nurses and staff of Colonial Manor of Amana and Essence of Life Hospice, for their kind and compassionate care.