George Edward Van Meter

Visitation services are scheduled for Monday, November 19, 2007, from 3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., at Greenlawn Mortuary. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 20, 2007, at 1:00 p.m., at Greenlawn Memorial Chapel, 3700 River Blvd. Officiating services will be Rev. Father Jack Estes of St. Luke's Episcopal Church and Full Military Honors by The Kern County Veterans Association.

George Edward Van Meter passed away peacefully in his sleep on November 15, 2007. He is survived by two children, three cousins: James Fribley, Georgia Hastings and Helen Worden, and lifelong friends, James R. Dyer and Mary Row.

George was born 75 years ago in St. Louis, Missouri, to Dr. Eugene and Helen Van Meter. George was a national champion bicycle racer as a young man. He met his lifelong friend, Mary Row, who was a speed skating champion, in the 1950's. George entered the United States Army and held the rank of Captain when he was discharged. While in the Army, George competed in bike racing events in the Pan American games and in the 1956 Summer Olympics in Australia. While George was in law school, he fell from his bike and suffered major head trauma, resulting in his hospitalization for almost a year. After recovering from his injury, George resumed his studies and became an attorney. He practiced as an attorney in Bakersfield for almost 35 years. Greenlawn Mortuary

From: The Bakersfield Californian - Bakersfield, California.   November 18, 2007.

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