Rev. George Scilley
August 27, 1933 ~ December 21, 2014
George was born on August 27, 1933 in Fargo, ND to Ralph and Minnie Scilley. He had on brother Robert.
George was a North Dakota farm boy, growing up on Cass county farms. His parents and their two sons were the textbook definition of farm families in the “40’s and 50’s “. The boys received their elementary education in one room rural schools. Their teachers were old maids who were looking for bachelor farmers whom they hoped had money, land or ambition. Their dad, Ralph was elected to a term or two on the school board. The members of the community volunteered their time to repair, paint and improve the school building. His dad loved the circus and the never missed one that came to Fargo. Their mother, Minnie was a movie buff, so on Sunday’s the family went to the Moravian Church, Sunday school and Catechism, then off to the movie matinee. The Boys were inspired to soak up a morality – be honest, be good, work hard, trust in God and ask for his guidance.
George went to High School in Fargo and driving a model A Ford added to his independence. High School was a blur, but everybody was thinking of a “call”. George’s parents favored ordination in the church, but secretly George wanted to race cars professionally. He compromised and went to a Moravian College and Seminary in Bethlehem, PA. He was ordained, but always drove fast. He married a lovely Pennsylvania girl and together they served parishes in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan for five years that became a long honeymoon. Then George enlisted in the US Army Chaplaincy. We began serving at Fort Knox Kentucky at which time we adopted our daughter Sarah which brought us much happiness and pride. Overseas assignments included, South Korea, West Germany, Vietnam, and The Netherlands. Stateside assignments included Ford Ord, CA, and Washington D.C. areas in the Chief of Chaplains office and Fort Belvoir.
George retired from the Army in 1983 and settled south of Fargo in Oxbow. Other dreams took root and George turned a restaurant building on University drive into a Country Inn. the food was outstanding and the service gracious. People were complimentary, the bills were paid, and all employees were paid promptly. The person not paid was George. So after a year the restaurant was sold and George put his prior career as a clergyman into practice again. He pastored local Moravian Churches, as well as jail chaplain in Fergus Falls. Dorothy meanwhile put her registered nurse career choice to good use. To make things fun and interesting a couple times a year they hitched up with the US Air Force for trips to Europe.
George is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of Fargo and his daughter Sarah and grandson, Sean of Portland, OR. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Minnie and his brother, Robert.