Obituary of George Inscho, Jr.
George E. Inscho Jr. passed away peacefully on July 31, 2017 at his home in Painesville Township, Ohio. He was born October 1, 1921 in Geneva, Ohio. Mr. Inscho was a widely known and respected educator in Lake County Ohio. He graduated from Geneva High School in 1941 and from Kent State University (Phi Beta Kappa) with both a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in education. He proudly served as KSU student body president while attending KSU.
After college, George took a teaching job at Perry High School, the beginning of over 40 years devoted to education. Perry High School was also where he met his wife Barbara Bacon, a fellow teacher at Perry, and that began a marriage of 67 years.
He then moved on to Painesville Township Schools serving as a teacher at Riverside High School for three years, principal at Riverside High School for 12 years, Assistant Superintendent for Painesville Township schools for seven years and then Superintendent of Painesville Township Schools for four years. He rounded out his career in education by serving as Lake County Superintendent of Schools for eleven years. He even came out of retirement to serve as interim superintendent for the township schools for a brief time. In 2016, the Riverside school district named the board room/community room after him in honor of all his years of service to the Riverside school community.
The ultimate testament to Mr. & Mrs. Inscho's teaching careers occurred when a former student at Perry High School anonymously donated a quarter of a million dollars to establish the George & Barbara Inscho College Loan Fund in their honor. The fund will enable graduates of Perry High School to secure financial assistance with college tuition for many, many years to come.
Mr. Inscho was very active after his retirement serving as Executive Director of the Painesville Area Chamber of Commerce for seven years. Mr. Inscho was selected as the Chamber's Distinguished Citizen of the Year in 2002. He was also inducted into the Riverside Hall of Fame. Mr. Inscho, along with wife Barbara, volunteered many years with the Lake County Council on Aging, delivering Meals on Wheels. In 2007 Mr. & Mrs. Inscho were inducted into the Council on Aging's Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. He also served on a host of community service committees. Mr. Inscho was a past member of the Lake Health Board of Trustees along with being a Board member & past President of Lake County Kent State University Alumni Association.
He was a 60 year member of Painesville Rotary and twice past president of the civic group. He was selected as a John Hay Fellow and twice a Paul Harris Fellow. He was also, a 50+ year member of the Painesville Temple Masonic Lodge along with belonging to Scottish Rite and Al Koran Shrine.
All his life George was an avid musician, beginning in the 1930's when he played drums in the first dance band on WICA radio in Ashtabula. His passion for music continued for over seventy years as a drummer in 5 area bands, including being a charter member of the Concord Community Band and 2 Shrine bands. One memory the family will always cherish is his tale of playing as a teenager in a dance band upstairs in the ballroom of the Old Tavern in Unionville. Mr. & Mrs. Inscho loved attending both Perry and Riverside class reunions where he proudly referred to himself as the "oldest living Beaver", a salute to Riverside's mascot.
Mr. Inscho was preceded in death by his parents, George E. Inscho Sr. & Marjorie Barr Inscho, along with brother Ray Inscho and sisters Carolyn Otto & Jane Kenyon and grandson-in-law Brent Copeland.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years Barbara Bacon Inscho, children Doug (Karyl) Inscho of Texas, Debbie Causby of New Philadelphia, Ohio, Greg Inscho of Painesville, Ken (Kim) Inscho of Indiana, granddaughters Kelly (Matt) Braun, Kacey Inscho, Mrs. Sarah Copeland, Mary (Nick) Daley, Kim (Jeff) Ormerod, grandsons Kyle (Melina) Inscho, Doug (Shelley) Harper, Brian & Brandon Inscho along with eight great-grandchildren with the ninth on its way.
The family will receive friends Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home, 368 Mentor Avenue (opposite Lake Erie College), Painesville. Temple Lodge # 28 F&AM will conduct Masonic Services at 6:00 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday at the Painesville United Methodist Church, 71 N. Park Place, Painesville. Rev. Dr. Jan Yandell and Rev. Gerald Kalb will officiate the service. Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests considering contributions to the George E. Inscho Jr. Scholarship fund initiated by the Inscho family c/o RLEE Foundation at Riverside High School so the education legacy Mr. Inscho created may continue on or the George & Barbara College Loan Fund c/o the Perry Foundation or Painesville United Methodist Church.
Online condolences, directions and information available at www.johnsonfuneralservices.net